‘Only in my deep meditation do I come to know who I truly am.’
– Sri Chinmoy
Another Month Gone!
It seems as though this year has flown by so far. There is so much to say, and so little time to say it!
Which is why I thought I’d take some time to remind everyone to take time for themselves. We can all get so caught up in our lives that we forget to unwind.
This month, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and writing about mental health issues, especially in the work place – see here. A lot of workplaces do not adequately provide for their staff who may struggle with Mental Illness, and it can make or break the way staff see their company, what the company culture is like and how loyal people are likely to be to their workplaces.
Having sound mental health is incredibly important, and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep the topic talked about and away from stigmatization. Our mental stresses can sometimes be swept under the rug or left as a non-priority in lieu of tackling the other issues in our lives.
Balancing work, a social life, finances, relationships and family responsibilities can be difficult for the best of us, but that is all the more reason to prioritize our mental health.
This month, I would urge each and every one of you to really keep an eye on the people around you.
Many people around us may be struggling and don’t have the courage to say anything (which is okay), but the more we ask those simple questions like ‘are you okay?’ or ‘do you want to catch up over coffee?’ or simply by taking the time out of our day to do a nice deed for another can really make a positive impact.
Mental Illness has touched my life personally in many ways, many times. Along with struggling with my own Mental Health, I’ve also been active in helping out the people around me who are struggling, including family members and friends. There have been times where I have appreciated a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on, and there have been times when I have been that person for someone else.
No kind act is ever lost to the universe, and the more we give, the more we receive in return.
This month, take time to focus on yourself. Book that massage. Paint that painting. Buy those bath-bombs. Finish that DIY project. Learn a new skill. Finish that book you forgot you were reading.
But also, take time to focus on others. Ask someone out for coffee. Make a phone call. Send a message. Send someone flowers. Help someone with something. Ask if your friends are okay. Check in with your grand-parents, Mum, Dad, sibling. We are all on the same planet, and we’re all made just the same, and we all struggle from time to time.
Let’s not let our struggles define us, but instead let us be defined by how we react to the struggles around us.
Have a happy and positive month, and I look forward to hearing from you all. It’s been so lovely getting to know some of you over the last month and making friends all over the world. Be kind to one another, and I’m sure you’ll hear from me again soon! x
‘The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulate the creative mind.’
– Albert Einstein