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My mental Health

Tuesday, April 07, 2020


Here is a peek at my front porch pot garden.
Every morning I start my day with devotions. A former pastor puts a devotional on FB every evening. I watch it in the morning.
Today he was talking about maintain mental health physically and spiritually during this time.
I have heard most of his point before:
Exercise, eat healthy, maintain a routine, keep in touch with others through phone and social media.
the new aspect he talked about was dealing with our emotions. He assured us that having feelings of anger, confusion, fear are all normal. We should not deny those feelings. We should not squash them down, because they will manifest in other physical ways.
He suggested to take a walk if the feelings seem to overwhelm. Or to talk to a friend, or a mental health professional.
Several years ago my family went through , what was for me, a traumatic experience. I was having a difficult time coping with it all. I began seeing a counsellor. I was even taking anti anxiety/depression medication for a few years. Seeing a counsellor was the best decision I could have made.
She has continued to help me ever since then. I know I can talk to her honestly about all of my feelings. SHe helps me work things through. She gives me tools to handle difficulties when they arise.
What I like best about her, is she understands me and when she makes suggestions, it is within what I am able to handle. She never judges me or makes me feel bad for feeling the way I do.
WHen I first began seeing her, I told no one. I thought people would think there was something wrong with me (there is, I was struggling). I did not want people to think less of me. It was my own pride in the way. I did not want to appear weak.
I have learned to overcome that problem. I am now open with everyone about seeing a counsellor. It is freeing to know help is always there when I need it.
NOw is the time to reach out if your feelings are overwhelming you. I offer myself as a person you can reach out to if you want. We are not alone.
Have a healthy and safe day, dear friends.
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  • BEDA65
    Pretty flowers you have.

    It is unfortunate the stigma so many have about reaching out for counseling.

    ~B~
    164 days ago
  • INGMARIE
    Beautiful flowers and some great advice.
    Take care. emoticon
    164 days ago
  • POSITIVEHOPE
    Beautiful flowers. So glad you are open about seeing a counselor. We all need someone to listen and help us sort out our feelings. This new situation brought out so many different feelings simultaneously for me. It took a while for me to get an understanding of what I was coping with. How can you feel confined, bored, worried and frustrated all at the same time? Walking helps me cope with them all.
    164 days ago
  • LAINIESNEWLIFE
    Beautiful flowers!! Great advice that you gave!
    165 days ago
  • SHIRLEYX
    Thank you for a very frank blog. I love your flowers.
    165 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    Great advice and it is a strength to ask for help when needed , Hugs I love the flowers your blogs always help me
    165 days ago
  • AFERRARI
    such great advice - I feel so inspired by your posts. and your flowers are beautiful. stay safe
    165 days ago
  • KATHYJO56
    What beautiful flowers you have. They look like they have been nurtured with love. I am proud of you for seeing a counselor. I also had to do that one time and it made the biggest difference.
    165 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    Thanks for sharing. It is such a shame that counseling still has a stigma about it. Jesus told us to bear one another's burdens...counseling at it's best. No shame in needing help, but it is a shame when people refuse to admit they need help, or refuse to ask for it. I'm so envious of your beautiful flowers. Maybe when I'm retired I'll be able to beautify our place a bit more.
    165 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
    What colorful flowers we are still having winter like weather . thank you for the wonderful tips as we are still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
    its great you found a helpful counselor . emoticon
    165 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Beautiful flowers. Some of the healthiest people are those who seek counseling to improve mental health.
    Thank you for sharing. Stay well. emoticon
    165 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Absolutely love your flowers. Gorgeous.

    You know, it is really a shame that there is a stigma associated w/getting counseling. For me, it is just such a good idea to get counseling to nurture your mental health! Just as important as insulin for the diabetic, or antibiotics to fight a bacterial infection.

    Thanks for sharing this.



    165 days ago
  • SHANSHE
    Some counselors are worth their weight in gold! I am so glad you found one you could trust and still do! Those flowers are GORGEOUS!
    165 days ago
  • KITT52
    Im proud of you that you reached out for help... and you found someone to help you...

    We are here to share with too


    165 days ago
  • BARBARAROSE54
    Beautiful flowers
    I am glad you found such a good counsellor and continue to see her
    165 days ago
  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
    Gorgeous flowers! You are a good role model. It is a sign of health, not illness to to reach out for help and see a counselor when needed. Some of the most unhappy people I know scoff at mental health help, while some of the most together people I know get help along the way. You are probably inspiring someone here to take that leap and improve her or his life.
    165 days ago
  • ZAMORAPAT
    Your flowers are beautiful. I hope the pastor encouraged you to talk to Jesus. “Casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you’ May God bless you
    165 days ago
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