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Category Archives: Mental Health
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I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Mike’s Open Journal Podcast (@Open_Journal_ ). This podcast is hosted by Mike Douglas (@Mike_Douglas_) where he talks about Mental Health. We had a delightful time discussing mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among other positive mental health ideas.
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And thank you, Mike, for all that you do to bring awareness to the mental health community. Keep doing what you’re doing. You matter. You make a difference. And you are making the world a better place.
Love, Patience, and Faith can soften hardened hearts; heal tender wounds; restore broken spirits. These beautiful attributes not only nourish our souls, they turn the impossible into the possible; the undiscoverable into the discoverable; the unbelievable into the believable. Oh, how our spirits need the presence of Love, Patience, and Faith.
When I came across this behind-the-scenes video of Natalie Merchant sharing the meaning of her song “Wonder,” I sat silently, tears flooding my eyes, goose bumps covering my arms. Over the past few weeks, I have revisited this video and this song many times, contemplating the restorative power of Love, Patience, and Faith in my life.
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
When I am centered, grounded, and am at peace, each day becomes an adventure. I take what life gives me and I’m able to roll with it. With my calm mind, I’m able to think through tasks better; I don’t take others’ actions personally; I easily see the blessings in each moment. To be at peace is a beautiful feeling. Some days, I feel peaceful. On other days, when my heart feels troubled, simply Imagining Peace allows me to feel better.
I love being in motion, being active, being a Make-It-Happen kind of girl.
With mommying and wifing and writing and RunningMomsRocking, my mind overflows with to-do lists and plans. A large portion of my days is spent making sure that things run smoothly. I plan the work then I work the plan. And, more often than not, my efforts pay off: things get done, and they get done pretty darn well!
I also schedule in time to feed my mind, body, and spirit by exercising, spending time with family and friends, and going to church. While all of these activities promote positive well-being, I still find myself at near full-throttle because of my intense nature.
Why do you exercise? What drives you to get out of your warm bed, in the wee hours of the morning, and lace up those kicks so that you can hit the pavement? What motivates you to plan your days so that you’re able to consistently spend quality time at the gym? What inspires you to get your body in motion while so many others choose to stay glued to their couches? Is it to burn calories? To reduce your risk for lifestyle-related diseases? To shape your body by building muscle? To counteract the daily effects of stress? While all of these are valid, solid reasons, my response to Why do you exercise? can be summed up with one word: endorphins.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
Over the years, I’ve built up quite a bag-o-tricks for dealing with anxiety. Recently, listening to calming music has been my go-to self-soother. When I find myself overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed, I’ll turn on my iPod shuffle. This tiny piece of equipment only contains music. In fact, it only contains my Soothing Playlist, peaceful songs which have been proven to lower my heart rate within seconds. Free from the distractions of texts, phone calls, or social media apps, I’m able to tune out everything around me and focus on the music. Some days, I even tell my coworkers, “It’s just one of those days, y’all. If you see me walking around with my earbuds, just roll with it…”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Today, I am filled with Pure Joy! I am respectful of the storms which have helped to shape my mind. I am grateful for friends and family who continually bless me. I am thankful for painful moments which get my attention and create space for quiet introspection.