Mental Wellness Challenge – 2020, May 22, 2020
Hello Blog and everyone.
Strange times… we live in strange times…
Last week I challenged you to:
- Examine how you are doing… how are you getting along.
- Make a little list of the supports that you use or have available to you if you need them.
- Give some word or works of affirmation to someone you love!
On examining how I am doing – Well, I’ve been doing lots of that lately… I am doing OK. I have a plan of approach for my challenges and I am working that plan.
My list of supports is pretty much always at hand. From friends and family to professional support, a little exercise, and all the rest of the tools that I keep in my toolbox. I can honestly say that I am looking after myself as best I know how.
There’s lots going on in the world, its affecting everyone. Pretty much everyone I know is feeling “loaded” with stress to some level or the other. I was intentional about supporting the people I encounter in my life. I affirmed their value and importance for me and for the world as often as I could. This took the form of just sharing that a student was sincerely doing an awesome job, or a friend was appreciated and cared for or even that I was super proud of the accomplishments of my girls. The cool thing about this is the more I look for value/importance in others, the more I can see value in myself.
I don’t really have much to share on my mind this week.
I think rather than just spooling off a bunch of random “stuff” that’s rolling around in my mind – I’ll just leave this super short.
My challenge for you this week:
- Listen to a song that you like. Have a really really good listen to the words. Think about what the song is really saying to you (remember that what the song says to you might have nothing to do with what the artist wanted the song to say to you).
I challenge you to this because this is a mirror for some of my experience… I go through pieces of my life thinking that the “song” is telling me one thing… when in fact, the words might mean something totally different… and I learn from that…
- Look at the nature (the trees, birds, bees, bugs, grass, etc) that surrounds you. Really look at it. Pay attention to how green the fir tree is, or how pale yellow the lily is, or how colorful that “black” blackbird is… Take a couple of minutes every day to disconnect from the “stuff” that’s going on around you and just “be” in the nature that surrounds you.
- The value of perspective keeps coming up in my experience, so I am going to challenge you to check your perspective too. Find three things every day to be grateful for. Then, just for a moment, imagine your life without those three things.
This challenge comes from a discussion I had this week with my coach. The conversation got around to the reality that I am / we are pretty fortunate to have – well – even just the open space of my back yard – to get out into it and “spread my wings a little”. We were discussing how someone in New York, London, or even Vancouver etc must feel being, pretty much, confined to a high-rise condo. In some cities around the world, people were not allowed to leave their homes at all… I feel pretty good about my experience.
So that’s it for this week, I challenge you!