Mental Health

Just…Don’t Think About It

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According to the World Health Organization, “1 in 4 people will be affected by some kind of mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

And yet, despite all the information available, there are still many people who feel that a mental health disorder is something one can simply decide NOT to have; that it can be wished away or turned “off.”

So, what if people with physical illnesses and injuries were the given the same advice given to those suffering from mental and behavioral illnesses?  Can’t picture it? Well, artist, Robot Hugs, can, and has created a helpful cartoon to show just how that would look.




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Well, Isn’t That Inconvenient?

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Inconveniences come into our every day lives at the worst possible times, which make sense; if they arrived when we were ready for them, they wouldn’t be called inconveniences.

They knock us off course a little bit because they interrupt a schedule, a timeframe:
having to stop for gas when you’re  running late for work
the shoelace that breaks right before a meeting
waiting all day for the repair guy to come fix your refrigerator
finding out at 9pm that your child signed you up to bring cookies to school the next day for the ENTIRE CLASS

And because these things never happen at a good time, it’s easy to lose perspective and categorize them as “problems.” We all do it.  But they’re not…they are just inconveniences and they will fly out of our lives as quickly as they flew in.

So when faced with that unexpected interruption to your day, remember it’s not a problem-it’s just a temporary inconvenience.
(And if you happen to be up at midnight making cookies for your child’s class, make sure you save yourself a couple. After all, inconveniences can still have their perks.)



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Labor Toward the Good Thing

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We labor with our hands.
We labor with our bodies.
Mothers labor to bring new life into the world.
Artists labor to create.
We all labor to live.

To labor simply means to work, to put forth an effort both with our body and with our minds. And while laboring is indeed a Good Thing, for we labor to produce results, sometimes, we all need a break from our labors. A time to rest; a time put those labors on hold. Now, it’s easy to stop working. You simply put down your tools, whatever they may be, and walk away for a bit. It’s harder to stop the laboring of your mind, but even more important that we do, for our worries can tire us more than the labors of our body. And unlike the labor of our hands, the worried laboring of our mind only produces more worried laboring.

So this Labor Day, concentrate on the labors that bring Good Things.



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