What brings me to writing this post is an incident that had a friend and I laughing uncontrollably. That pure joy, bubbling over, as you're holding your stomach can become nearly agonizing, but in a lovely way. Moments like those are worth as much as any therapist, antidepressant, or other form of medicine available. Don't get me wrong, I am a HUGE believer in therapy, and medication, and WHATEVER it takes to keep us mentally healthy. Mental health is such an issue around the world, and the fact that there still exists a stigma for so many is heartbreaking and wrong. I have a therapist who I saw regularly (weekly or bi-weekly) for a year (and still see her as needed). I learned so much from her. For those who feel funny about going to see a therapist, think of them as being your teacher, mentor, friend, or life coach. And if you don't feel like you connect with a certain therapist, find a new one! I knew that my therapist Kathy was the one for me the second I met her. We connected instantly and I felt totally at ease. She has taught me how to deal with specific unfamiliar, how to recognize and cope with my own emotions, has guided me in life decisions, and has been a total support system for me. She has never pushed me into anything, and has been there for support and as my voice of reason whenever I've had questions about something. I am grateful to have her in my life, grateful for her many teachings, and know that I would not be where I am today without her love and guidance.
There's been a situation recently in which a friend has really been going through a rough time. I am not nearby and I (and her family) feel so helpless! For anybody who is going through a rough time, or if you know of anybody going through a rough time, please, please, please seek help! Help is available, I beg you to reach for it. Even in your darkest hour, know that there are loved ones willing to lend a hand, a shoulder, very likely a bed in their home to you!
Some resources are available at: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255 with people available 24/7 to help you out. Again, please, get help. You are loved!
I leave you with that. Some hope, and peace in your hearts.
Love, always. ♥