Mental Health Monday’s

Most everyone I know or see on social media has a certain distaste for Monday’s. The first day after the weekend ends, and most ironically the day that it feels like everything that could go wrong, does.

Monday’s have officially become my appointment days. I see my therapist first thing Monday morning every week, and it is truly magical. It sets me up for a wonderful week right off the bat. I remove any extra gunk that’s clogging my heart, and I get pumped up for all the good things ahead. I brace myself for the chaos that will come, so that I stand tall and ready.

One of the best things to do when you want to do better is, of course, to change your mindset. You’re creating a life you love and filling it with things that make you feel good and whole include taking things that aren’t so great and making them better.

Being whole is what you should seek versus being happy. Happy fades and is easily dampened by outside forces. When you feel whole, it doesn’t matter what crazy comes along. You handle it much better, and you’re not easily discouraged.

Fill your days with experiences, moments, all of the things that light that fire inside you that says “this is who I am.” A fire cannot ignite itself, it’s a process. Sometimes one that has to be worked at quite a bit, but over time becomes much easier to do. When you start learning who you are and what sets your soul on fire, you start to truly come alive.

Once I started working to shed my prickly outer layer I was able to dig into the person I really am underneath all the hurt and pain. I see my littles for who they are, and who they need me to be. I can be the mom they need, and she’s been here all along. Just hiding, tucked away in a corner waiting for her turn. But, she’s here now. She is my surface. My babies can sense it, and so can others who spend time around me.

God didn’t create me to be angry and always hurting. He created me to be a testimony that we don’t have to stay that way. The world doesn’t have to make us hard and closed off. We can break through that and shine our light into the darkest corners of the world and make a difference for someone else who doesn’t know what to do anymore.

When you begin to heal, don’t forget others who still need a hand. Hold the door open and show them the way. God can do a lot, but He also gave us therapists and other degree qualified people for a reason. To guide us when we are lost, and to help bring us back when the pain has become too much. There are times that praying and reading your Bible just isn’t enough, and that is okay. It is okay to need more help. Another stigma I pray to help change.

Mental health matters.

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