Good morning friends!
I’m not sure about you, but my social media news feeds have been blowing up with mental health awareness, suicide prevention, memes encouraging others to reach out to one another, reminders to check in on every single person you know.
& I absolutely love it!
Mental health is a topic that I believe everyone should find themselves talking about & more importantly caring about. Awareness of the realities that our loved ones face while living a life with mental health issues/difficulties/struggles/illness, needs to happen.
Because people who ~ overcome their anxiety & make it look like they have their shit together.
Because people who ~ somehow manage to crawl out of the safety of their beds, [the bed that depression’s convinced them is the only place they can breathe] & they go to work, go pick up their kid from school, or even just get up to take a shower.
Because people who ~ put in the time it takes to find the right counselor & psychiatrist for them so that the person they know they are & the person everyone else experiences match.
Because people who ~ self harm & have a scary honest conversation with someone about it.
Because people who ~ eats a meal even though inside their head they think they are too fat to even think about eating another calorie.
Because these people ~ they are badass.
You know who else is badass? The people who love them. Those who stand by them, & offer empathy even though they can’t even fathom what living with depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic disorder, OCD, anorexia, bulimia, etc…is like. These people who don’t understand, but also don’t shame people for things they “don’t get”? They are gems.
So whether you are struggling with your mental health & the stigma tied so tightly to it. Or if you are the loved one of someone who’s battling something you have no clue about, leaving you feeling helpless.
Remember that all the feelings you have on your journey are valid.
Don’t shrug them off as nothing. But! don’t let your feelings be your only reality. Which leads us to this week’s affirmation:
Feelings are just visitors | I accept them & let them go
Let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts & knows more about us than we do ourselves. 1John 3:18-20 MSG
In the New Living Translation verse 20 says:
God is greater than our feelings, He knows everything.
How comforting to know that love & God are so powerful that they can overwhelm whatever tries to overwhelm us in life. No matter how strong the emotion I’m feeling, God has given me & YOU [woot woot!!] the strength to trust Him, overcome, & to KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
I hope this encourages you throughout the week & that you keep being the badass that you are. Moving forward, loving others, & yourself, no matter what.
The Mess in Me Honor the Mess in You