If you search through my tags or have read me for some time, you may notice that my mental health go-to’s will sometimes change. That. Is. Normal. What helps you, what soothes you, what centers you will change over time. And if there is no change…well, that’s normal too. Not any one thing will work for every one person. That is why it is so important for us to talk, to eliminate the mental health stigma, and to share what works for each of us so that the rest can pick what might work for them and give it a try.
My top five go-to’s:
- Writing. I am currently in a memoir workshop but it will come to an end. My plan for the next two weeks is setting up a writing schedule and a list of topics so I always have something to go to with pen and paper or keyboard and kindle.
- Supernatural. As I’ve mentioned this is the last season for the long-running series, and it is my heart. It is comfort for me.
- Prayer. I’ve been studying labyrinths and having that focus is a positive thing for my mental health. I read a daily Thomas Merton devotional that starts my day. I’m searching for prayers, I’m writing prayers, and I’m praying in new ways. For me that means the labyrinth, the rosary, and upcoming retreats.
- Podcasts. Two in particular. Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara. Lovett or Leave It. I have several other podcasts (Pod Save America, Pod Save the World, Ann Kroeker – Writing Coach), but they aren’t mental health go-to’s for me.
- Reading. I have my public library on my kindle, and I am constantly borrowing e-books from my library. I have three on my kindle at the moment of all variety of genre.
Please comment with your go-to’s and I’ll put together a future post with your responses.
Crisis Intervention Resources Page has been Updated.
Have a good week!