Good Morning & Happy Monday!
Today is world mental health day (boy doesn't it come round quick!).
Here's why I think you should care:
and if they weren't enough to shock you into action right now how about this:
2020 is only 4 years away...
Hows your mental health?
Do you bounce out of bed every day?
Do you have to drag yourself out of bed and force yourself into the bathroom?
Or are you somewhere in between?
Most people are somewhere in between with good and bad days.
That's important to realise is that there is no hard and fast rule about what will 'tip someone over the edge'.
Some people can take loads and seem as though they're resilient to everything and other people crumble at the first hurdle,
No one person is stronger or weaker than another - we're just unique.
This however, poses a serious problem:
No one can tell when a mental health difficulty will hit until it's too late.
OK so technically that's a lie.
You can absolutely tell - just most of us ignore the signs.
We keep 'soldering on'.
You get up every day and go to a job which you hate.
You go home every night to a relationship which no longer serves you.
You watch TV all night and don't even enjoy it.
These are clear indications that you're struggling.
Because anyone with great mental health chooses not to do things which makes them unhappy.
It's a no-brainer.
But - if your mental health is slipping then you'll already be stuck in the mental health trap.
The trap of tomorrow.
The tomorrow which never materialises.
So how about we make a deal?
You think about one thing in your life you want to change.
It doesn't have to be a huge life affirming thing it can be something small.
You may want a new look, or to swap your crisps for a hanfull of nuts, or you may want something huge like a new car, house or man.
It's your life, it's your choice.
But what ever you choose do something - anything right now which will put you on the road to happiness.
Pick up the phone and book a hair appointment, head to the supermarket and grab some nuts, work out a savings plan for the car, or house...
Just 1 thing.
Then revel in your awesomeness.
Today you just started the rest of your life.
How do you feel?
Now this is the hard part - you need to keep up the momentum and do something tomorrow as well. Then the next day, and the next...
Now if you know someone who is struggling with a mental health difficulty they will be unable to do what you just did.
They won't be able to make the change.
Their brain is doing an awful lot of stuff behind the scenes to ensure they stay exactly where they are.
Our brains our powerful but they're super sneaky.
So seen as it's world mental health day how about you become a 'change buddy'.
Support 1 person you know to make the changes they want but just can't seem to get going.
Being a 'change buddy' is great because it forces you to do your 1 thing a day.
If you've got to pick up the phone/drop a text/scribble an email asking your friend if they've done 1 thing to move forward today and you haven't well then trust me you'll probably do you'rs just before you grab the phone/tablet and get in touch.
No one likes to be a hypocrite.
There is something that you'll need to understand before you embark on becoming a 'change buddy'. Supporting someone with a mental health difficulty will be the hardest thing you do.
You will feel like banging your head against a wall.
You'll want to shout, scream, and go crazy every time they stand still, or even go backwards.
But - if you just stay patient.
If you just accept their difficulties and continue to be there for them.
Guiding them along their own path to happiness.
You will eventually be one of the lucky few to experience the most wonderful, most joyful and most rewarding thing in the world.
You will witness first hand someone learning to love, appreciate and accept themselves.
Take it from someone lucky enough to do this for a living - the reward is priceless.
Thank you for choosing to help yourself and someone else on this WMHD.
Have an awesome day and a fabulously abundant week! Katie.
Are you feeling stressed and struggling to get your mojo going in a morning?
World Federation for Mental Health. (October 10 2012). DEPRESSION: A Global Crisis. Retrieved 10/10/2016 from: http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/wfmh_paper_depression_wmhd_2012.pdf
Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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