THE GREAT R's ( A new Mental health cycle)
My mental health journey was about learning how to digest life without vomiting up the useful information and shitting out the good stuff.
Life is full of emotions and feelings and if we do not process them properly we can damage ourselves and others.
But, how do you digest in a world that is constantly stuffing new realities and information in our heads some good some bad. We may try to avoid it but, that does not strengthen our minds and life is not meant to be avoided. So, I learned to observe myself and realized that when it comes to my mental health I found a cycle of what I call the great R's which have helped me keep a healthy balance ;
The Response; Life has and always will throw things at you, the trick is to catch whatever it is that is coming to you. When we were children most games required us to catch a ball or a person.
It was only when we caught the intended item would we win. For example in a game of tag we would no longer have to waste energy because the game changed once the target had been caught. The same goes for problems in life. Catch the problem hold on to it for a moment....removing the fear and now you no longer have to chase it.
The Redirect; Once caught you can now process what direction you would like to take it.
We all played that game of school or community basketball. Once we caught the ball we then have to make a split second decision whether to pass it or shoot it.
We all have the ability to think on our feet we all did it as children we just have to enhance the skill by learning to delegate in life. Choosing to talk or listen.... sharing the ball.
The Release; Releasing the situation into another s hand can be scary because the situation is out of your hands which may be a good thing. Releasing helps you to see and breath clearer in any situation, your hands become free. A lesson to share power and to share the aspects of any problem is always good. Life can seem like a game and we must remember we are not playing alone and never believe the lie that we are.
The Reclaim; This is the part when the outcome can dictate emotions. Everyone wants to win but it is in how we process the outcome that determines our mental health and creates our mental reality.
How supportive are you if the outcome is not in your favor?
Do you notice the lessons if the outcome is negative ?
Can you respond to life storms with a realistic but healthy manner?
Can you redirect lessons whether positive negative into into lessons for another?
Do you hold onto issues, unhealthy habits due to fear or anger?
Do you honor the idea that every choice you make is a step towards empowering yourself?
These questions can help you maintain a balance emotional life
Believe it when I say some-days the great R"s go right out the window and I am left with a shamble of emotions . But I remember mental health is a journey about learning how to digest life without vomiting up the useful information and shitting out the good stuff. Life is full of emotions and feelings and if we do not process them properly we can damage ourselves and others ...
Reclaim your truth I AM human ..then begin again with the Great R's