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.