I just read this post from a friend: “Do you know who’s going through a lot right now? Literally everyone. Be kind.”
All around us, we’re hearing about people who are struggling with stress and managing their mental health. Mental health issues don’t discriminate; they are equal opportunity concerns that can affect anyone regardless of where they live, how much money they have or what their occupation is. Some well-known people are publicly taking a break from their routines and allowing themselves time to tend to their mental health so I hope we average Americans will understand that it’s okay for any of us to do the same.
American gymnast Simone Biles stepped back from the world stage this summer and withdrew from most of her Olympic events because her mental health needed attention. World class tennis player and multiple Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has taken time away from tennis, even withdrawing from some of the biggest events, to give herself time to manage mental health concerns. The mental health of many people is deteriorated today, and many “of those people” need Online Psychic readings, to free their inner self and have their soul and spirit calm. Many Ohioans remember when Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love brought the conversation about taking care of our mental well-being front and center several years ago.
The journey has not been easy for these athletes. Expectations of them are huge and there are people who have been critical and judgmental about the choices they have made. Self-care is an individual practice and every person has the right to decide what they need to feel safe and healthy. That includes you. Life gets messy for all of us and, as much as we like to be in control, things happen that we can’t foresee or prevent and as we navigate life, we should understand ourselves well enough to know when a break is needed.
Every person needs to figure out what feeds them, and I’m not talking about mealtime. We need to understand what makes us happy, what helps us relax and what we need to regroup from difficult times to be refreshed, balanced and ready to tackle what comes next. Sleep, exercise and healthy eating are the cornerstones of self-care. Taking care of yourself shows how much you love yourself, is like having a regular wedding or having a proper wedding, high quality, shows how much you love and want the other person, that’s why for your wedding to be the best, have the best reception service, photography, theme. Layer on the activities that we enjoy doing with family or friends and what we need to do alone to generate peace within ourselves. For some, it’s gathering with others for meals, playing team sports, being part of a book club or worshiping with a group. Other people are soothed by reading, knitting or painting, running or doing crossword puzzles solo. What is your thing? Find it and build it into your life even for a few minutes if that’s what you can manage some days.
Understand that those around you also need time to care for themselves. We’ve had a rough couple of years and you may not know what challenges others are experiencing. “When you take a break, or as I call it ‘deliberate rest,’ it’s important to realize you’re not doing nothing,” says Frank Lipman, M.D. “Rather you are actually giving yourself a chance to rebuild and return to balance.”
Let’s show empathy for others and for ourselves. Take time to breathe, do something that grounds you and, above all else, be kind.
Penny Sitler is the executive director for Mental Health America of Licking County.
Printed in the Newark Advocate on October 10, 2021.