I am not Canadian, but in my dreams I am. I support the talk about mental health going on today in Canada with the Bell Let’s Talk initiative. Everyone struggles. Everyone needs someone to talk to. Keep a watch out for one another. The world is a tough place these days. Peace to everyone going through stuff right now.
The question, “how are you doing?” is a very loaded one. However its one that needs to be asked. Checking in with your family and friends is a good thing to do. Be prepared for answers that you will get. Caring about the welfare of others can help you deal with your own stuff. Getting stuff out in the open is good for your mental health.
So, my friends, how are you doing? (leave your answer in the comment box below)
It’s good to step outside for a little Sun. Your mood will improve. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it makes vitamin D from cholesterol. Sunning is sometimes about alleviating depression as much as it is about adding some color.
Be easy on yourself good people.
Men, if you have more on your plate than you can handle get some help. Trust me you will be the better for it. Don’t go it alone.
One month ago I went on a Facebook fast for personal reasons. It’s been a great experience where I have cleared my head and focused on other areas of expression like my blog. I remain connected on Twitter and Instagram. I don’t regret leaving one bit, but I know a return is in sight sometime in the future. So far so good though and I’ll go back when I am good and ready. Until then, steady on as they say.
The best way to help others in their struggles with mental health is to simply ask how they are doing. Listening and being present is a great way to be there when things are tough. Best of all it doesn’t cost you anything other than a little time and maybe a cup of coffee. If you see someone struggling, say something and let them know they are never going to be alone. If you are struggling ask for help. It might be hard but its worth it.
Mental health is linked to physical health in so many ways. It’s important to take care of yourself holistically because the world is a tough place to cope with.
For me in this season of life, grief is a part of that mental and spiritual health piece you cannot ignore. Losing a loved one can impact your whole being. The emotional response to loss is very individual and sorting it all out takes time.
Getting help and support can make the difference. Don’t go through the tough times alone. Plenty of people who have gone through times of illness can guide you through. Of course taking care of self is important too. Whether it be a doctor or counselor or clergy person there are resources out there when you need it.
Working on being well makes life worth living.