I know my body, my mind, my spirit. I have a sense of my own well-being and know where I need to shine the light to address all planes of healing. I am intentional and present to my own needs; I am patient and kind with myself as I rise above the challenge to heal all the things the world cannot see.
from Finding the Well in Wellness Cards, by Juli Conard, Art by Faith Myers
In a world that is fraught with Mental Wellness issues, can we please take a moment to acknowledge just how important our internal mental and emotional well-being actually is? Let’s pause on the judgement, barriers, injustices, stress and inequalities and just breathe.
The world is an emotional rollercoaster these days and with times changing so frequently it feels as though we are on the last car being whipped around so fast that our brains feel like they are somewhere on the track behind us and our stomach on the passenger in the car ahead of us. Most days it’s hard to keep up, to think clearly, to maintain a sense of stability. Now, more than ever, we must put our internal wellness to the forefront of our awareness.
If you yourself haven’t struggled, you know someone who has. When we are having a hard time, we can only ‘fake it until you make it’ for so long before something gives. And let’s be honest, faking it doesn’t help anyone. In fact, it intrenches us further into depression and mental instability.
This week, and for the weeks ahead, we are encouraged to have an honest internal dialogue and/or a conversation with someone we trust, to take our mental temperature. What’s working for us? What needs to give? What are we comfortable with? How can we help ourselves to find a better head space? What tools do we have that we have forgotten to use? Would professional help be appropriate? Have we taken all of our holidays and are we drinking enough water and eating nutritionally viable foods? Where is our support team and how can they help us?
Life isn’t easy especially when we struggle to make sense of our world. Know that you are not alone. Chances are, if you are feeling it, someone else is feeling it too. Don’t be afraid to be compassionate and vulnerable to get what’s needed. Be kind to yourself and ask for help. Check in with your peeps. Be willing to heal all the things that cannot be seen. It takes courage but you know you better than anyone else, so shine the light on those dark places and rise above.
If you need an ear or a heart to listen, I’m here for you.