It's Friday and this week has been a ride. Good things, hard things, frustration, and appreciation all are in the mix of our life right now. We worked through options for a particular family issue last night. It's going to be challenging, but DH and I are fully committed to making it work. I'm grateful he and I are of the same mind. It shed light on a few topics that are pretty much always on a slow simmer in our lives, but need to be treated like a watched pot to ensure they don't boil over.
Coping and Supporting Positive Mental Health
I don't know if there is actually an increase in mental health issues or just more awareness, but it's a tough road to bear for many people. I personally have my periods of clouds and dark, inability to focus, but overall, I've been fortunate to have semi healthy coping skills. Sure, I have the occasional bend, where I need to succumb to a good cry, a half day in bed, and just need to get the feelings of dread, stuck, sadness, grief, frustration, or whatever wave of emotion worked through to fully manage again.
Just like others though are born with a weakened immune system or heart, have diabetes, or arthritis, any medical health issue that needs to be managed, weakened mental health strength needs care and management too. Not dealing with it has ripple effects. Poor judgement, rash decisions, frustration with those around to the point relationships stay frayed. Why this country, any country, decided that just bucking up and getting on with things is right, and treating mental health needs is considered fodder, is normal, is sad, no willfully neglectful. This is the number one priority for someone we love. We'll do whatever is needed to get them support, which means, being with them on their treatment, management plan, and stability plan.
Work Life Balance
It was at risk of slipping again. I was so upset last week with the reprimands, the do more than is expected because we need to save face attitude. I almost let myself get sucked back into a totally unrelated to my work project. My involvement was supposed to have ended in July. Now a new round is starting without someone in the lead. I did a preemptive action, and outlined what I could no longer do, if I got reassigned to take more on. It was fully agreed, my own work, done well, was the priority. Instead, they're bringing in a project manager contractor until a new manager is hired. They'd essentially do what I might have done, so it's a good solution. And, I should be able to get closer to my 80 hours over two week schedule-nearly.
I'm trying folks. Yesterday was too quiet almost. After I sat for 10 minutes, eyes shut, holding my mug, I got the idea to see what that looks like. Here's a little humour shot of me meditating. I'm trying to take meditating seriously as it does help clear my head, but not taking myself too serious.
|Me in unfiltered meditation glory.
How are you all this Friday morning? I'd love to read your Friday comments. How do you cope and help others that are struggling with their mental health? Are you waving a battle with your work life trying to take more personal time? How did you set yourself up for a positive day?