Inspiration, mental health

Rise Up

A new year has me reflecting on words that spark passion in me.  Words that make me want to do better, be better, try harder…(yes…a word can do that for me!). Today I choose RISE.

When I think of the word rise, here’s what comes to mind:

  • sunrise
  • bread rising
  • Jesus rising from the dead
  • the phrase “rise up”
  • people rising up against something
  • a mountain peak rising against the horizon
  • the phrase “rise and shine”
  • my grandma saying “early to bed, early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy and wise”

Every single one of these associations has a positive connection in my mind! I think of the freshness, the renewed energy, the promise that is associating with something rising, and that makes me think it is a perfect word for January! January is the rising of a new year, the sun has set on 2017 and nothing can be done to change it.

For me, as I have shared, my goal this year is mostly centered on building my business Your Mental Restoration in an effort of achieving my larger goal of helping others optimize their mental health.  I see my role as being a hand that reaches down into the dust of the depression pit, into the chaos of an anxious mind and reaches through the brick walls of anger in an effort of helping even one person to have better mental health.  I know that as I work on this goal, it will also propel me to naturally work on others; as we know that helping others is  surefire way to help ones’ self!

I hope that you think of a way to help yourself rise against the strife that 2017 brought for so many.  I hope that you create a vision that inspires you as a majestic mountaintop inspires many.  I hope that you find habits that help you to rise and shine each morning much as the words my grandma shared with me have guided me.

Happy 2018! It’s not over yet so we can’t call it a loss, don’t dare have actions that make it seem like you think it already is!

Inspiration

Real Life Moments

As I walk through my house turning off the lights…heading toward bed, there are things that catch my eye…things that fill my heart with joy, love, peace…

I cannot imagine my home without these things, although some are new; some are fleeting…yet all make a home.

I want to share with you the images that when I rest my eyes upon, fill me with such positive emotions, such positive thoughts!

First we have the artwork on the fridge. No…I am not the mom that keeps all art; rather I prefer to truly savor each peace. If I find myself walking past without notice, it is time for a fresh picture!

I could stare at this for eternity. A tree covered in the love of hand painted and hand crafted ornaments, stockings hung in anticipation: a reminder of the magic of Christmas, and my “happy painting” that is a staple of our main room. No matter how messy life can become…a reminder to live it fully!

This little piggy stayed home. This little piggy has been in my life for as long as I can recall. I remember emptying his contents as I prepared to head off to college, emptying it’s contents in a panic when trying to “adult” (unsuccessfully at times!) and now I look at this piggy with prolongued grief as I am aware of the cracks that will oneday (soon) expand and shatter my trusty sidekick…likely the result of me using it as a step stool and a chair one too many times in childhood!

Guidance. As is necessary in all endeavors. Knowing that the answers are there, waiting, anytime I care to ask the questions.

A reminder that our mindset matters…and that just as we can strengthen our muscles…we can strengthen our minds to seek the good in life.
Post a photo or two below. Share with us…where are your peaceful places?

Inspiration, mental health

When The Head and The Heart Don’t Align

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I saw this photo recently and it moved me.  It was from Burning Man a few years ago (2015 I believe) and shows that even when two adults are at odds, pushing each other away, their inner children (the innocent, naïve inner self) can still be yearning for the comfort of the other.

What do you think? Do you take a different message?

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The Last Lecture- A book review.

This book was recommended to me by a client and I am so glad it was! Last Lecture is a phenomenal memoir.  It follows the last few months of life for Randy Pausch.  He was an esteemed professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  When Randy was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he embarked on the journey to write his “Last Lecture” (to an audience of peers and students…although his intended audience is really his three young children). 

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture was focused on helping others achieve their childhood dreams.  I was most amazed at the life lessons tied into this lecture.  I found myself highlighting, underlining and taking notes throughout.    

I recommend you read the book AND watch the last lecture here…

 

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Posting a movie review isn’t something that I ever intended to do; however, this movie had a message that can’t be ignored. This movie follows Walter Mitty, a bland man who dreams of adventure despite being stuck in a mundane day-in-day-out routine.

You will walk away from this movie feeling inspired. One of the most brilliant moments happens when a photographer finds what he’s been waiting years to photograph, but he doesn’t take the picture. Stating instead that some moments are so rich in life that they should be experienced with the eye and held in memory rather than experienced through a camera and held in a print.

With that thought, I’d ask you to be aware of how often you grab your camera or phone to record a moment that perhaps is so profound that it should be enjoyed with your full attention. I’ve seen in concerts, for example, that many people are holding a phone in the air recording…and it makes me sad that they aren’t fully present in a moment that they so obviously wanted to be.

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Social Media for mental health

Social media is almost unavoidable in 2013.  Let’s take a look at how we can use it for mental HEALTH instead of anguish.   There is an analogy that everyone has a good and a bad dog within them (although I dislike the judgments there).  This is similar to the angel/devil on your shoulder analogy…however take a moment to consider which dog you feed more often? If they are your pets, which one do you spend more time nurturing?

Social media can be used for both.  You can subscribe to blogs that fixate on negativity, make you feel worse, join in your pity party, etc…or you can subscribe to those that are POSITIVE!

There are two types of social media sites.  Those that will remove negative and inappropriate posts and those that don’t.  Pinterest, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Facebook all permit users to report inappropriate content and will remove those posts*.  Tumblr, ask.fm, Instagram and twitter do not*.  This is not to say that the later group of sites are BAD; however they have more risk.  If you struggle with impulsivity and self discipline, these may not be the sites for you. 

On all networking sites, the users and topics that you search, subscribe to, and follow are up to you. Try following inspiration, funny pictures, cute animals, users that make a point of being encouraging, and/or appropriate family members.  There is even a sub-network called “Fitspo” which is a type of posts that are fitness inspiration, these would be an example of something great to follow.  Some sites even give you the option of “blocking” other users or “hiding” them so you don’t have to worry about hurting their feelings.  A big NO-NO here is following triggering topics, users that bring you down, encourage behavior you are trying to stop doing, or highly judgmental users, and topics that normalize behavior you don’t want to continue.  If a user or topic makes your conscious put up a red flag or if it’s something you feel ashamed to follow…REMOVE It!!

 

*these statements are made after my own investigation and use of each site.  This may or may not be the policy of each website and/or app.