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A Beautiful Breeze for Your Mental Health

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10.52 PM. She turned to her left side and stared at the blue wall. Her eyes darted upward to her graduation day portrait. In that photo, she is smiling brightly because of the bright future that awaits her. Tonight and last night and last month and last year, that smile is gone. She is still waiting for that bright future, not knowing that her future was also waiting for her to paint it bright. Your future is like your smartphone - it's up to you to adjust the brightness. 

11.58PM. She is now lying on her back, staring at the ceiling without seeing it. 12.45AM. She is lying on her stomach. Despite changing sleeping positions, she just can’t sleep. Her brown eyes remain stubbornly open. Not just tonight, but last night, last month and last year. Sleep avoids her with the determination of an ex-boyfriend who can no longer stand her sight.

Mental illness will yank away your sleep. Mental illness will install a million viruses into your appetite. You will barely eat or eat too much. Just as physical illness affects us all from time to time, mental illness also makes unannounced visits into the lives of every single person on planet earth.

Learn to discern when mental health visits you so that you can kick it out instead of entertaining it.

But how can you know when mental illness is sitting right there in your living room? Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior. As such, there are dozens of mental illnesses including eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders and attention deficit.

Lingering stress always unlocks the door for mental illness to match into your house. Don’t be in denial about what you are going through. But don’t allow what you are going through to dim the light at the end of the tunnel. Never forget that the light at the end of the tunnel is merely a reflection of the light that already lives in you.

You may not be able to change the direction of the wind, but you can always harness the power of that wind.

Before departing from this world in April 2021, Ann changed the world through ordinary acts of kindness. Read here story here.

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