This is the north star. If you can’t get out of bed, if you can’t brush your teeth, if you’re calling off work over and over–it might be time to make a change.
This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just how it is.
Your mental health deserves the same love and care as your physical health. If you couldn’t move because of your physical health, you’d get somebody to take you to the doctor.
And in fact, if you don’t take care of your mental health your physical health soon will deteriorate as well.
If you asked yourself the question and given yourself a good honest answer, you’ll know whether or not it’s time to call in some extra support. And there are endless ways you can support yourself. It’s not so much that you need to immediately find the perfect kind of support for you, but rather that you start the process, period.
If you’re really struggling–for instance, if you’re having suicidal thoughts with a plan to harm or kill yourself–call your emergency number or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This isn’t meant to scare you. Research has shown that talking about this is actually helpful. It doesn’t give people ideas. What it does is open up the conversation so that people who are hurting can move back towards health and connection.
That’s what we need, not just for ourselves, but for everyone in this world going about their daily lives.
Thank you for reading this one. I feel it’s important to talk about this and it’s a question I’ve gotten a lot over the years.
Warmly and with as much love as I can muster,
P.S. I’m trying something new here. Let me know what you think of this. As you know, this is a one-man operation. It takes hours and hours to do this work that I feel so passionate about. So I’m going to share some products I recommend. If you buy them, I will get a very small percentage. It’s one way I’m hoping to keep this free mental health newsletter going for as long as I possible can.
Today I’m recommending one of my favorite books of all time,the paperback version of Man’s Search for Meaning.
It’s by Dr. Viktor Frankl, one of the most impressive human beings I’ve ever learned about. I hope you’ll consider checking out his remarkable story of surviving a concentration camp and coming up with his own mental health treatment methods based on his experiences.