The first friend spoke about how she used to get up early in the morning and take at least an hour to leisurely knit before starting her work day. She found that it really helped with her mental health and established a good work ethic. But, for the last year or so, she got out of this routine – sleeping later and then scrambling to get her day started. She acknowledged that she now feels more temperamental, has a more negative outlook. So she’s going to go back to her early morning knitting routine with the goal of giving herself (in her words) a “brain reboot”.
The second friend was commenting on how, as a society, we place such an emphasis on our problems, our anxieties, our stressors. In order for her to shift her thoughts to a more positive outlook, she kept a “happy thought journal” in which she jotted down one line that made her happy that day. By placing the focus on joy and physically recording it in a journal rather than focusing on melancholy, anxiety or disappointments, her entire outlook in life became more positive. It took some time and consistency, but she found it was worth it.
Life speeds by in the blink of an eye. One day you’re in the first quarter of your life, dreaming of finishing school and moving into the perceived freedom of adulthood. Then, in just a moment, you realize that you are approaching or are in the last quarter…..Life is not meant to be a trial. There is beauty all around us. Even in the darkest of days, there will be those who will reach out their hand to help. October 10th was World Mental Health Day. Let’s strive to make every day a positive mental health day.