Mental Health Awareness Month

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We are approaching the end of the month of May, and if you knew it or not, May is officially, Mental Health Awareness Month.  There are so many things that could be address or discussed regarding this issue, however I feel that it is important to note one simple thing:  Mental Health Matters.

No matter you race, color, creed, religion or financial status, Mental Health Matters.  We all have moment of the need for mental health treatment, and the real issue is that not many of us seek that treatment when we need it.  We turn to substances, people, things or we go into avoidance mode.  Because we don’t know how to deal with things, we choose to simply not deal with them.  This serves no one.  It definitely does you no good.

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I too have had moments where I have been depressed, down, extremely sensitive and unable to adequately express my emotions.  I have been to counseling, and as a therapist and coach I have counseled others.  I know hurt pain, loss, rejection, loneliness,  sadness and grief.  I have watch loved ones die, I have seen the effect of addiction and I have had to make medical decision for my parent not knowing if he would live or die.  At some point in time we all endure some or most of these things and it takes a toll on our mental health.

As we near the end of Mental Health Awareness month, I want to let you know that you are not alone on this journey.  There are people who are here to listen to help and to just be there if that is what you need.  I have some amazing friends, those who will just hold the phone while I cry, those who take me out for ice cream, and those who know those things I may be ashamed or embarrassed to share with anyone else.  Other than going to see my therapist, who may not always be available when I need her, these people help me to survive.  They are my life line.

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My advice would be to seek help if you need it.  If you don’t feel like yourself, if you feel loss, down, discouraged, if you lack the energy or the desire to do anything or go anywhere, you need to consider talking to someone.  You do not always have to go and find a high priced prestigious therapist.  There are lots of free resources that can get you started on your journey to healing.

The first place to start is with your health insurance.  If you have health insurance, contact you insurance provider and ask about mental health services.  For most employer provided insurances the information may be on your insurance card.  If you are uninsured or if your employer does not provide mental health services organizations such as NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health have locations around the world that can assist you.

The second thing I would suggest is to build a support system.  Find people who will avail themselves to you, people who will listen and people who will be encouraging but not participate in a pity a party.  People who will help you move past the rut you may find yourself in.  And also be ready when you can to reciprocate when needed.

Finally, do not let stigma keep you from receiving the help and assistance you deserve.  Know that there is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with mental illness or asking for help.  Millions of people suffer daily and while many do not receive the care or treatment they deserve, millions are speaking up and speaking out daily.  You are not alone on this journey.  It is absolutely ok to ask for and receive help.  Most of the time it is only a phone call away.

Be Blessed! Be Fabulous!

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Work Life Balance

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Work life balance.  We are all searching for it, we all want it.  We want to be able to do all things impeccably and still have the time, attention and energy to do whatever else we desire to do.  Sounds good, but it doesn’t always happen.  So what do you do to find or achieve work life balance and is it possible?

I think the first thing that we need to understand is that work/life balance will look different on different days.  If there are days when you have more appointments than usual, then your work/life balance will be different on that day as opposed to a day when there are no additional duties, appointments or responsibilities.  Additionally, if you work outside of the home, your work life balance will also be different compared to someone who works from home.  The same if you are single or married, have children or no children.  For each individual, work/life balance will be something different.

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The key to finding work/life balance is to find what works for you.  No one can give you the perfect roadmap or manual on how to run your life, so figure out what works best for you.  You can listen and take bits and pieces from others but it is up to you to construct that unique puzzle that make the best life for yourself.  You are the best judge in knowing and understanding how work/life balance best fits into your life.

I know personally, it is difficult for me to do anything other than the basics early in the morning.  Outside of shower, dressing, makeup, devotion, journaling and coffee, my mornings are shot.  If I add anything else to this list, I will end up rushing, running late and being frustrated.  So I don’t add anything else.  I enjoy afternoon or evening workouts.  I used to workout before bed and shower, that was the best sleep ever. The key is that I had to adjust my schedule and do what was best me for and for my life.  It is ultimately up to you to figure out what works.

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Work Life balance is possible.  It really can happen.  It is just up to you to be realistic, find what works for you, make a schedule, and stick to it.  We can do it all, have it all and be successful, we just have to figure out the best way to do it.  Good luck on your road to work/life balance.  Tell me about your journey and how you are enjoying the destination.

Be Blessed, Be Fabulous!

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