Facing The Words Can Help You Heal
Thank goodness this pandemic is coming to an end. Now you can write your own mental health prescription. Are you ready to get yourself back to normal? Or am I the only one who still thinks that plausible? Being cooped up in the house all day and night can make anyone crazy.
Me personally, I’m dying to get out of social confinement. I speak to people whenever I get the chance. You have to feel for the people living alone or the ones living with their significant other who’s driving them nuts. The pandemic has been challenging for all of us.
Have you taken the time to reach out and check on other people? That’s important in this day and age. Just asking a person the simple question, ‘how are you doing?’ may cause them to reflect on themselves. You ever notice any of your friends or family members acting strange. Don’t be afraid to check up on them by asking a simple question or sparking up a conversation. My question to you today is . . .
“How are you?”
Every weekday morning, I flip the television on to listen to Good Day LA, channel eleven news while I get dressed. I’ve noticed the uprise in gas prices, property taxes and violent crimes. The increase in the cost of living is only one possible motive behind the chaos. However, mental illness may be the major cause of many mass killings, hate crimes, and the overall increase in gun violence. The stress of everyday life takes a toll on our mental health.
June 15th is the day our local counties will officially be released from COVID restrictions and we can all go back to what we perceive as normalcy.
Mental Health Awareness
The state of the world is in a mental health crisis. May is Mental Health Awareness Month according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). So you should take the time to acknowledge your state of well-being as well as others. Instead of just going steady on the Ferris wheel, hop off and take a moment to examine yourself. Then use your better judgment for those around you.
Recently, I watched a couple of episodes of the Apple TV special, The Me You Can’t See, with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry. Have you seen it? It’s fairly inspirational. The documentary focused on interviews with a diverse few people from around the globe such as celebrities, healthcare professionals and children who’ve experienced trauma. These interviewees share intimate reflections of their mental state while enduring some of their most trying obstacles. This particular documentary tears down the stigma of mental illness and portrays it as a more universal phenomenon.
Mental health awareness and the normalization of these types of illnesses provides an opportunity to address it. Especially since depression can lead to suicide. You ever feel like you don’t have the same privilege to live free or pursue happiness like everyone else? Do you feel that there’s nothing to be happy about?
Maybe you can find comfort in knowing that a lot of the world is feeling that way.
Depression is a common mental illness worldwide, affecting more than 264 million people of all ages. Therefore, you’re not alone. It’s a completely normal illness to overcome. For me, depression is like being stuck in a box that I can’t escape. If you’ve been experiencing depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress seek out mental health professionals ASAP. You’re not weak. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of your mind. After all, it’s a terrible resource to waste. Isn’t it great that the world is past the days of performing lobotomies to treat melancholia? Treatment isn’t that awful anymore. There’s much better research contributing to specialized therapies that can help ease the pain.
Write For Your Own Good
Writing in itself is a method of therapy. It’s an expression of self, through creative thoughts contrived into words. You can reveal so much with words. One of the most intimate forms of writing is keeping a diary or a daily journal. Growing up, my diary was one of my best friends. My darkest secrets lived there.
Now as an adult, I spend more time writing tactfully and critically with compassion. Writing helps me dig up what’s deep down inside and it’s an outlet for the good, the bad and the ugly emotions. Sometimes seeing the situation in front of you, from your own perspective, sheds light on the illness. So, you can face it and figure out what your next step will be.
Meditation or Prayer
Regardless of what you believe in, meditation and prayer is a sacred place where anyone can visit. These two practices accommodate your writing like a knife adheres to a fork and spoon. If you’re having thoughts of negativity or a jumble of active thoughts flowing through your mind, let it out so you can see it. It’s never good to hold these things in, but rather to analyze them and soul search.
I like to meditate or take the time to brainstorm before I write so I’m not wasting my time at a loss of words. Expression of one’s emotions is essential to a healthy mind and it matters how you express yourself. You are responsible for your own actions. Take my advice. Work out your brain by writing whatever comes to mind. It’s an amazing outlet!
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