Be Someone’s Hope

There’s always a chance, always. We can be the hope and be the change in someone’s decision to stay for just one more day.

On average, one suicide occurs every 12 minutes in the United States, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages. This rate is alarmingly high considering it might just be the most preventable cause of death world-wide if proper intervention occurs.

If someone mentions these feelings to you, what do you notice your initial reaction to be? Are you demeaning, in disbelief, thinking they’re saying it for attention? Please re-think.

The United States’ mental health care system is frankly, unjust. We often see depressed people being mis-labeled as suicidal and in turn being put on psychiatric holds due to their “high risk for self-harm”. Now, I may be wrong, but if I feel isolated and depressed out in public, being trapped in a 20 room brick building with freezer pasta isn’t going to help me much. That being said, I challenge you.

Give someone the idea that they matter, the perception that you care. Don’t just say “I’m here for you” or “Reach out if you need anything”. Actually be there. Visit the person. Talk to them. Be their light. Embrace your day in finding out about their struggles and giving this person a sense of encouragement. Don’t leave until the job is done.

Because ultimately, you do have the opportunity to save a life. You just don’t know it yet.

Morning Mental Wellness

I’ll kick this blog off by giving you some mental wellness activities that have profoundly improved by mental stability – and frankly my life.

Each day, I dread getting out of bed. I wake up with a mask of fatigue and can’t summon the energy to desire the day. However, this activity has become increasingly addictive and has reserved a permanent spot in my morning routine.

I start this activity by grabbing a small sheet of paper, two highlighters and a pencil. I write down every single stressor or potential stressor that the day offers: being judged at the gym, losing a game of 8-ball, etc. It’s a pretty wide range.

Once I have all of them jotted down, I assign one highlighter to be my “in my control” color and the other to be my “out of my control” color. I highlight each stressor accordingly and take a look at my sheet once completed.

Unsurprisingly, most of the stressors are completely out of my control and the page is predominantly filled with the “out of my control” color. Wow, what a concept!

I quickly realize that much of what I worry about is ultimately out of my control and realize that there’s not much I can do without seeming intruding in my personal situations.

I encourage you guys to try this activity yourself and see just how many of your stressors are in your control!