Mental Health is Important
Some days just suck. There can be a reason, multiple reasons, or sometimes we just wake up in a funky mood. And it feels really icky. Nothing looks right on us, nothing feels right, everything bothers us at work. Snakes in the head. Nobody understands us……… You know exactly what we’re talking about. No one escapes.
First of all, it’s completely normal to have these days. Everybody experiences a funk of some kind every now and then. So what can you do about it when the ‘blues’ hit us? Well there are many things.
One things that helps us, and alot of people, is to listen to music, sometimes the sadder the better. The blues is universal. Some of the best musicians in history captured these feelings so well. If you don’t have a favorite blues artist, pick a blues channel on Pandora, Spotify or your go-to streaming service or music source. The Blues masters like Muddy Waters and other Delta mainstays have the blues in every note they play and sing. Maybe you’ll discover some new music you really like.
Or listen to anything.
Find a blues channel or station on your favorite streaming service
You’re not Alone
When we feel bad, we usually feel alone. But the good news is that we’re not! You might not feel like talking to anyone, but get yourself out. Go for a walk, go to a park. Go somewhere around people, even if it is to sit by yourself and have a quiet cup of coffee. You’ll find that observing your surroundings will take some of the intensity out of your feelings.
If you’re so inclined, call a friend or family member. Connection makes us feel less lonely and a sympathetic ear can be the right medicine. If you have to go to work and really don’t feel like talking to anybody, put a post it note saying something like ‘ I’m being quiet for a bit. If it’s really important, email me. Thanks’. Or “working on a tight deadline- thanks for understanding’.
There has been alot of talk recently about gratitude. And believe it or not, if you haven’t tried it I’m here to tell you it works.
We’ve all been through some really tough times, and tough times that seem to last and last. One thing I did everyday when I was going through a particularly rough patch, was when I was driving to work I would speak my gratitude out loud- whether I believed it or not. And some days I didn’t.
I began by saying “I am grateful for my family’ and then would say I was grateful for each member. Then I would be grateful for my job, even if it wasn’t much at the time. I would keep going and before you know it I had arrived at work. And it did help me realize things were not as awful and dire as I felt.
I still do this, and before I go to sleep at night. It has a way of grounding me and making me realize there are so many more really BIG things that could be wrong.
And last but not least, there is always the ‘mental health day’. Sometimes after a big hairy event like a ‘breakup’ or something similar, you really do just need to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep. The intensity will pass.
Feeling Really Bad…..Get Help
There is not a person on the planet that has not felt they were at their breaking point at one time or another. Sometimes there’s no simple fix. Many people suffer from depression or other types of diagnoses. Millions of people. There is no shame in this, it’s how your brain is wired.
In most cities, services are available for counseling. Many are free. In addition, there are support groups for many types of problems. These are usually listed online in a city directory for services. Faith organizations are another free and available resource and are plentiful.
However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed to the point of contemplating self harm, there are people available 24/7 to help you. Trained, free crisis counselors are available to anyone at 1-800-273-8255. They will listen, not judge and help you navigate your feelings.
We all have the blues from time to time. The good news is it usually passes, and if you need help there are lots of places that can help.
Persevere! You are worth it:)
P.S. If you have helpful tips you think would help others, email us at [email protected] and we’ll share them!