I was loading the dishwasher when I realized how bad I felt. I was sad. Sad like something bad happened. It reminded me of how I felt after the loss of my sister. It was in that moment I acknowledged the direct connection between my emotions and menopause.
Did you know? One in five adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, experiences mental illness in a given year? (National Alliance Mental Health)
It doesn’t matter where I am or who I’m talking to “depression” usually finds its way into the conversation.
The current state of affairs, discord and day-to-day challenges can leave us feeling empty and emotionally drained.
We are inundated with issues and problems. The unknown. Poor health. Workplace abuse. Money problems. Aging.
All things that can trigger unhappiness and poor mental health.
And while these issues may not be the cause of Bipolar or Schizophrenia or any other mental illness, they certainly can irritate mental illness.
So what can I do?
- Take a break from news.
- Take a walk.
- If your a bible reader, make time for personal study or reading.
- Do things that bring you happiness inside.
No, it’s not gonna solve every problem you have. But, it may induce the happiness endorphins. And that’s a good way to fight back!
Don’t be afraid to call a friend or a family member. Share your truth with someone!
I started out my career as a suicide intervention counselor. Trust me, I never once felt bothered by a caller seeking conversation or help. Neither will your friends or family.
We must start to include mental health and wellness as an important part of overall good health.
In 2008 my friend Lara died by suicide. I miss our inside jokes. The lunches. The conversations. And her idiosyncrasies.