Many of us do not spend enough time taking care of our mental health which is just as important as our physical health. Today’s tough times are measured by the U.S. Surgeon General when they report that mental illness is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of decreasing one’s healthy life in the U.S.
That report says a lot to me as it should you as well. But don’t fear and consider the following recommendations, if you will, to help you improve your mental health.
- Value Yourself. You were created uniquely by God. There is no one in the world like you.
- Quiet Your Mind. Read the Bible, an inspiring story, a self-help book. Take time to reflect on what you read, on the word’s that give you comfort and hope. Take time to pray and reflect.
- Build a Network of Friends. People with strong family and social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Avoid unhealthy relationships that make you feel inadequate.
- Give of Yourself. Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. Get the focus off of you and instead do something tangible to help others. Try it you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- Learn to Deal with Stress. Stress will always be a part of life. Practice good coping skills.
- Avoid Alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant, it only aggravates mental health conditions.
- Take Care of Your Body. Improving your physical health can improve your mental health. Exercise helps decrease depression and anxiety, and exercise improves your mood.
- Get Help When You Need It. Seeking help is a sign of strength and not of weakness. Find a treatment that is effective for you. We are all different and what works for me might not work for you.
I feel compelled to write this because in the last 3 weeks I have personally known someone who lost their life and have heard of two other people that have taken their lives. I wish everyone health, hope, love, family and whatever else you need to feel that tomorrow is another day. If you aren’t here someone will miss you, someone who loves you very much.
This is for @ServantofGospel who loves poetry so much and anyone else who enjoys poetry!
The Journey By Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice –
thought the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles,
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried,
But you didn’t stop,
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life that you could save.
This is a poem by Mary Oliver and I am posting it here because I can’t possibly post it on twitter!
Please do comment and feel free to leave your interpretation of said poem.
Thank you for your interaction!
Green, Recyclable, Eco-friendly and Biodegradable are some of the “buzz” words lately. What do they mean though? Is your head spinning like mine yet? So many terms thrown out at me that honestly, I’m a bit confused. Thus, like any good technology loving American, I hopped on line to do some research. Here’s what I found:
One, you must understand the difference between the terms. So, ‘Recyclable’ products can be collected and reprocessed to produce new items. Common recyclable materials are: paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum, and electronic waste. Recycling is very important in diverting waste from landfills. Check with your local recycling collector to check what materials in your area can be recycled. The types of items accepted can vary from location to location. Also, properly sort your recyclables into your household recycling bins. If your city does not collect recyclables, you can use Earth911 to find public and private recycling centers. This is a nifty site that I was really glad I found. They tell you where to recycle important things like batteries. You just type what you want to recyle and your zip code and presto. Very simple & user friendly!
Next term is ‘Biodegradable’ which simply means that a product will break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass within a reasonable amount of time in the natural environment. The term ‘biodegradable’ however has no legal enforcement or definition. Therefore, the term has been used loosely by some manufacturers. One important thing to remember is that biodegradability is a desirable feature in products such as cleaning agents. Conventional cleaning agents will often release harmful phosphates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they break down, but biodegradable versions will not. Products that are labeled as ‘biodegradable’ can be disposed of in your garbage. However, it is important to remember that landfills lack the microorganisms and oxygen required for waste to biodegrade in a timely manner, so you should still try to minimize the amount of wasted material. For example, TheGreenOffice has a Green Screen system that ranks products based on recyclability, reduced chemical content and third-party certifications.
Ok, so this is what I’m walking away with. Try to recycle as much as I can and thanks to Earth911 I can keep more harmful junk out of landfills. Read labels, read labels and read more labels. So let’s all be eco-friendly and do what inflicts minimal or no harm on the environment.