I want to be very clear- I’m not a mental health professional.
I am; however, someone who has continually worked through anxiety and depression.
Because of my journey with anxiety and depression, I’m a big believer in sharing experiences. I believe that sharing experiences can be a source of healing to the person “going through it”. In my opinion, it can help to hear stories from those who have gone before you. I know, because it’s one of the things that helped me on my journey.
One of the many sayings I’ve heard over and over was: I wish I knew, then, that other people went through x,y,z.
Thankfully, talking about Mental Health is becoming more and more accepted.
This month, I’d like to share and re-share my journey.
I’d love to share resources.
I’d love to share hope.
If you or someone you know battles with Mental Health, know that you are loved. You are not alone.
Well, I lost track of time this past week, with it being the week of Christmas, and didn’t keep up with the 21 Days of Showing Kindness through Christmas, and into the New Year.
If you’re like me, you can get off track, and start again when you can! The goal is to keep going, even when you have to take a short break. . .
With that, here we go!
Day 8- Bring someone joy by painting a rock, and hide it somewhere in your community for someone to find.
Day 9- Leaving encouraging post-it notes in random places. Maybe at your work, the grocery store. Get creative!
Day 10- if you go out to eat, find out when your favorite restaurant has their weekly special. Order off of the special menu. Your bill will be lower. But don’t stop there! Leave a larger tip than you would normally be able to for your waiter, with an encouraging note on the receipt!!
Day 11- bring someone their favorite drink and snack!
Day 12- when you’re grateful for something that someone has done. Tell them “thank you”, and why you are glad they are in your life.
Day 13- compliment someone. Did they do a great job at work? Did they take out the trash? Did they go above and beyond? Did they show up? Let them know you noticed!
Day 14- bring the people in your office breakfast. Donuts, anyone?!
Day 15-going through the drive through? pay for the next person in line’s coffee. If you can only lend a small amount- that’s ok. Ask the barista if someone has ordered with the amount you can give, or pay towards someone’s order!
Times can be rough. Just remember to keep spreading the kindness!!
During this next week, sometimes people get so focused on the things we “need” to do to get ready for the Holidays that we often forget to think of others. Instead of rushing through your to-do list. Slow down and smile.
Today, smile at that person next to you in line at the store. Smile at the person who cut you off. Smile at the person who huffed at you. Smile at the person who is flustered. Smile at the person whose kids are acting crazy in the store.
And no- don’t be sarcastic with it. Give ‘em a genuine smile. Let them know that you see them. Extend that grace! Just smile.