My road to recovery has been long and challenging but rewarding. I am now able to channel daily stresses into something productive and positive. I have found peace after war, a state of mind that helped me closed a chapter and open a new one.
If Mother Nature takes some time to transition from the blustery winter to the sunny spring, why don't we give ourselves a similar mental/physical shift? If you're like me, feeling a little stuck from the cold, grey season, you might need a real push to actually make your spring... spring!
People are flawed, but flaws are pathways to growth and character so embrace them. Do not let the negative behavior of others, negatively impact yours. Always choose love, even when it's the harder choice.
I run during baby's nap times, after the kids are in bed, while the big kids are in school, sometimes early in the morning before they wake up. Those three hours they spend with their own father on any given Saturday are a gift to all. I refill my cup and they refill theirs.
Much of what is known about therapists is derived from unflattering cinematic depictions. One might surmise we are a group of mostly unworthy professionals who routinely act out in ways illegal and unethical.
The next time someone you know may be experiencing issues of their own, do what you would do if they had just broken their arm. Be supportive and urge them to go to the right health care provider to get the treatment they deserve.
I have learned just how critical it is to check in with myself daily and ask myself if all I am doing is in balance with you getting all I need to stay emotionally healthy. The formula: Ask and listen and follow inner guidance that will lead you back to TRUST.
If you have the courage to face yourself nude, you're experiencing who you are unfiltered. You see the bumps, the curves, the folds, the creases, the hair, the moles, the dimples, the soft spots... and that's just your skin.
It's hard to feel connected to others. It's painful. It's often much easier to retreat into our daily routines and busy ourselves with the mundane activities of our lives. And we need to do that. Don't get me wrong. But every now and then, we have to ask ourselves if we've retreated too much.
It was three weeks or more before I called. Each day I would wake up and think, "It's too late to call -- they're probably booked already -- I'll call tomorrow." During finals week I finally got an appointment for the first counseling session.
Perfectionism is a way of closing off and controlling things. It may look pretty on the outside but in reality it's cold, isolated and dark. It's the cracks that let the light in, anyway. So, go on and ease up a bit. Let some light in and shine on!
What I uncovered was this total belief that I had to be highly active in order to be okay with what I was doing in the world. That if I didn't wake up slightly stressed by all the meetings and deadlines I had on my plate for the day, I wasn't doing enough to make a difference.
Your negative soundtracks have likely been playing for many years. It doesn't help that we are surrounded by a culture that supports negative self-talk so this will be an ongoing practice. The way we talk to ourselves is a habit that can be changed with awareness and willingness.
Cars and planes are amazing feats of ingenuity, but both require maintenance and sometimes break, then requiring repair. For me, that is depression -- the mind breaking in some way (or getting sick) and requiring repair. There is no shame in that.
In my own experience, both professionally and personally, crying is one of the body's ways to bring itself back to balance. It is not necessarily a sign of weakness or even sadness. Infants cry to communicate with their universe. New mothers cry... a lot. And so do the rest of us.
Contrary to popular belief, your health is in your hands. And when you become conscious of this fact and perform actions that encourage wellness, you can live the long, joyful, and extraordinary life you deserve.
It is about time we talked about suicide. If we pay attention to this serious issue, we can help people before they reach the point of feeling suicidal and provide greater support for family members who lose someone to suicide.