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Mental Health Check.

What is mental health? According to the Webster's dictionary it is a person's condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.  There are so many people right now, struggling with their mental health. Now some of them have a chemical imbalance and need medication to help them balance out their lives. I have family members right now who are on certain types of medications to assist them with this very thing. It would appear that some of these mental shortcomings have been passed down in our family. I learned that an elder of ours spent some time in a psych ward back in the 50's and 60's.  I was also told that this same elder became that way because she suffered a lot of physical and mental abuse by her lover, the one who was supposed to protect her. I can definitely see that happening to someone. It is so easy to lose yourself when you are going through a traumatic experience.  I was there in that same traumatic space when my children were young. But by the grace of God, I was able to keep my sanity and push through the pain and hurt.   Pick up my book (Identity Cry-Sis) to learn more.

 

But then there are those who just choose to think about everything that is going wrong in their lives. They constantly are thinking about everybody that has done them wrong, all the bills that they have, maybe some health issues, and everything else under the sun. Therefore, causing them to be sad and depressed all the time. The bible teaches us in Proverbs 23:7 as a man thinks in his heart so is he.  What does that mean? Well, our minds are a powerful tool that could either make us or break us.  If we continue to dwell on all bad things, we will continue to feel sad.  I understand that maybe everything is not going the way you thought it would, but have you taken the time to celebrate the small things that are? 

 

I want to leave you with some ways to practice self-care when it comes to your mental health.

 

·  Make sure to get at least 30 minutes of some type of exercise a day if you are able.  Exercise will boost your mood and improve your health. I know for me when I get a workout in, I feel so much better. I feel accomplished and ready to cease my day.

·  Drinking enough water and staying hydrated.  I've noticed I need to drink more water as my nails have been chipping.  So, for me that's a sign of dehydration. 

·  Sleep has to be a priority in your world. I know when I am tired, I get grumpy and irritable, and I am not a nice person because I am sleepy. 

·  Find a relaxing activity that will help you calm your nerves.  It could be reading, writing, meditation, listening to music or taking a bath. Something that helps you get into a relaxed state.

·  Practice gratitude and focus on the positives.  Give thanks for what is going right in your life. 

·  Connect with nature. You might just need to get out of the house. Especially if you are someone who works remotely, and never has to leave their home for work. 

·  Stay connected with people.  Don't allow yourself to disconnect and feel like you are all alone. There are people who care for you, but they won't be able to if you won't let them.

 

Just remember trouble doesn't last all days.  These bad thoughts you are having won't stay if you decide to shift your focus on something better.  We are in charge of our happiness, and we must do whatever it takes to keep our sanity, even if that means you have to take some medication to help you through. There is nothing wrong with how you cope to keep your mental health in check if you aren't hurting anyone including yourself.  Like my friend Jesse always reminds me, happiness is a choice and for me I CHOOSE HAPPINESS.  WHAT SAY YOU??


Sending you love light and positive vibes,

Cassie K.


"Always remember to LIVE life to the fullest, to LAUGH at everything and to LOVE unconditionally!"

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