My Mental Health. My Body. with Mercia Cummings
This week on The Body of Gold Podcast I have special guest Mercia Cumminings. Merica is a licensed professional counselor as well as the co-owner of a mental health private practice in southern Maryland. Merica and I met through a platform called Girl CEO. With me being a coach looking to help women improved their body image, and Mercia being a licensed therapist I wanted to have her own to bring awareness to the importance of mental health in general but also specifically in the Black community. Merica was always aware of her body image because of everyone around her forcibly doing so. She says her whole life she was always skinny and different people would make remarks about her wait implying that she needs to eat more or even tease her because of how skinny she was. Mercia says it was everybody from her family members telling her she was too skinny to her peers in middle school teasing her.
Since middle school Mercia wanted to be a therapist, she knew she wanted to help people and wanted people to have the ability to feel good about themselves. She has been in the field of therapy for seventeen years and licensed for fourteen years. Mercia says mental health affects a women’s confidence greatly. Whether it’s in form of a joke or a comment it almost always comes up while a patient is in therapy. Mercia says several factors play into having mental health issues or body image issues such as depression, anxiety, health, or even something someone else is saying towards them. Childhood and adulthood experiences are responsible for these issues as well.
Some people had their weight gain or loss during their childhood and it started there whereas other might have been content with their body image and wight until adulthood because upon entering adulthood their body began to change that they weren’t used too. Whereas some people experienced weight gain or loss due to a relationship or even verbal remarks from their partner or friends. Mercia describes the exercise as being linked to the state of your mental health and a positive mental health state results in a more positive self-body image. Listen to this episode “My Mental Health. My Body.” to further listen to Mercia and I’s views on the importance of mental health and it’s affects on our body image.
You can now listen to the full episode here: My Mental Health. My Body. with Mercia Cummings