Today is World Mental Health Day.
The intention for this day is to be mindful and aware of taking care of YOU. Specifically, your thoughts, your emotions, and your beliefs about yourself. Making time for you is a way of being kind to yourself.
In this world that is constantly spinning, we often place our mental health on the back burner, instead choosing to focus on the needs and wants of others, tasks that need to be accomplished, or we get buried in the busy-ness that shapes our own world each day.
But, my friend, we are humans, not machines. Despite all that we have going on, we do not have the time or space to neglect our mental health. This is what drives your everyday thinking, behavior, and choices. We must take the time to attend to what is necessary, and our inner selves are in need of care and kindness.
Mental health is a critical piece to our health and wellness. Much of what we personally struggle with can be helped by taking small steps that alleviate some of the tension, exhaustion, or negative feelings that we carry within ourselves.
So, for today, we are starting with kindness.
Take a fifteen minutes today to get alone in a quiet place – just you and something to write with.
Think of one thing that you bring to the world that is good. Now write down three ways that you have used this to bless someone else’s life.
Maybe it’s your gift of hospitality, or your ability to help others solve problems, or your compassionate heart.
Sadly, we often focus on the negative aspects of ourselves, or things we would like to change or improve. Ditch those thought patterns, and embrace the beautiful about you.
Practice being kind to yourself, as you would be to a friend. Speak over your life words that lift you up and cover any negativity that invades your inner space.
Meditate on Philippians 4:8 which says, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.”
If you would like a great resource on mental health, check out the following link.
- Rebekah Lyons: 10 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health. She’s a wonderful writer and has battled her own anxiety disorder. She’s so encouraging and this download is completely free!
Have a gorgeous day.