Mental Wellness Challenge – 2020, November 20

Mental Wellness Challenge – 2020, November 20

7 more days fly by… like the saying goes – “Time waits for no-one.”

Last week my challenges for you were to:

  1. Tell yourself you are special, unique and loveable. Do this each day – maybe morning and night.. perhaps even put this into my ‘mirror exercise’.
  2. Tell someone you work with, live with or that is in your experience, that they are an important part of your life. Let that person know that your life would not be the same without the other persons presence in it.
  3. Keep on, keeping on. Be tenacious.  Be intentional.

I “worked” at all those in my journey the past week.  I found the mirror exercise especially difficult.  I’m in a mental space where I don’t feel very worthy, very loveable, unique or even capable.  I’m struggling I suppose.  Recognizing the struggle is an important piece for me.

That’s kinda how I feel I am right now.

I’m getting along – but my path has slippery spots, tripping hazards and what not along the way.  More attention to my journey is required just to get a short way… each day is seemingly taking a bit more effort than I’d like it to.  Getting through a day lately is taking energy and determination.

For 100% certain – I’ve been in worse spaces in my experience – but I know I need to be taking advantage of my supports.  The aid of a walking stick, maybe a flash light, a companion and a guide make this part of my journey a bit less… hard.  For a walking stick I have medication and medical supports, for a light to help seeing my path – I have my wellness model, my companion is by my side (Love you K.) and my guide (coach/psychologist) is just an email or phone call away if I need it.

I KNOW… I KNOW… I’m not alone.  My truth is that I AM the only being that can get me through this… “Nothing out there changes.”… but I don’t have to do this on my own (by my self).

Here’s the paradox… When I start feeling this way – I “turtle”.  I withdraw… I “hermit up”.  It really is up to me to get the support I need and I am.  The dampness and the darkness are still there though… so this is a time where I know I must be vigilant, watchful of my every step, take rest when I need it, take nourishment even when I don’t really feel hungry and be mindful of my maladaptive coping methods…

While I don’t and can’t know what lays over the crest of the next hill, I am not going it alone.  And I’m better “tooled up” for this journey than I have been in the past.

I have hope that the crest of hill will bring an open trail with sun and warmth…

This week my challenge for you is to:

  1. Make time for someone.  Make some time to listen to someone share about their day or their current experience.  Practice acceptance and understanding.
  2. Laugh out loud.  Listen to a humorous story, tell one… but laugh out loud.
  3. Make a list of the supports in your life – if you already have one – check the list.  Check phone numbers for the supports in your life.  KNOW how to be able to get to the supports you might need.

That’s it – I challenge you.