My work with mental health has been developed from my own school of hard knocks.  Sparing you the details, I’ve struggled with the ups and downs of depression, anxiety and pain for a good part of my life.

It has been my life’s work to develop the Home Depot store of tools to help me find ways to feel better. From a simple screwdriver (sometimes that means exercise or a deep breath) to a complete remodelling project (that may include a meltdown and rebuilding myself from the ground up) – I am a work in progress when it comes to this stuff.

I believe I’m being asked by God to share my tools with you so that you can feel better.

That why I developed Your Health Your Way.

This morning I woke up with the all too familiar morning anxiety.  Here’s a snippet of it:  “Oh Jeez, what am I going to do about Borat (my furry friend), who has no voice ?  I can’t take it anymore.  What’s the use?  Why bother? There is no use.  And I’m so sick of all this stuff happening over and over again.  Why?????”  I felt my jaw clenched, noticed I was  holding my breath, and couldn’t move.

I should be used to this by now yet it always takes me by surprise even though the messages I get are the same repetitive ones that reverberate in very familiar patterns throughout my body.  As this went on for a bit and I was able to recognize the familiar tone (because the plotline changes but not the theme) an image appeared.  I saw myself standing on a bridge watching these thoughts pass below in the form of a very long train.

Then, I remembered these three simple word:  I Choose Peace.

I Choose Peace and that means. . . .  A deep breath, moving my left foot onto the floor.  Then one foot in front of the other.  If you’re reading this and you don’t deal with these particular issues, feel free to substitute whatever you may be struggling with. 

You can borrow my image of standing on the bridge looking at your train of thoughts and feelings, and see if the phrase “I choose peace” provides some insight.  Or maybe you have a different phrase or word that you’d like to use instead.

As I write this, there’s that familiar kernel of shame that says don’t be this honest and no one else feels this way.  What’s wrong with you?  Whenever I hear that phrase “what’s wrong with you?”, I know something’s up.  It’s my way of  kicking myself when I’m down.  Because I’ve had way too much practice with that phrase than I’d like to admit,  it’s easier for me to  remember my core belief that there’s nothing wrong with any of us.   Some thoughts and feelings may be twisted, but that’s not a sign that I’m a failure or an idiot.

As my husband used to say, “We’re all bozos on this bus doing the best we can.”

Your Health Your Way is my personal invitation to you to befriend those parts of yourself that are struggling with anxiety, pain or depression with some tools that we will customize to work for you, and adapt to wherever life takes you. Whether you choose to attend the calls live and participate or listen to the recordings, you’ll find practical ways to get through the ups and downs of dealing with changes in your health or mood  and feel better.  If you’re seeing a therapist or other healthcare provider, I believe the structure I provide will be really helpful to those times in between where life happens.

Sign up now and you can get the earlybird price.

If you’re reading this and you know someone who is struggling with these issues, you may feel helpless because you don’t know what to say or do to help.   On the other hand, you may be feeling guilty because it’s no fun being around your loved one and you’re tired of the whole thing.  Perhaps they’ve worn out their welcome with you though neither one of you wants to acknowledge it.  

Perhaps, as a family member or friend,  you’ve offered advice or tried to fix the problem for your loved one, and that hasn’t worked for either of you. It’s also possible that both you and your loved one aren’t acknowledging this giant elephant in the room called depression, pain or anxiety  hoping that it will just disappear.

It’s hard being the loving friend or family member who feels so frustrated, helpless and depleted watching this go on and on.   I understand.   You want what’s best for your loved one and you don’t know how to truly be helpful.

Here’s another option.  Send your loved one the link to Your Health Your Way and follow up with them to see what they think. Trust that through this class, they will be able to hear themselves think through what’s going on and find ways to work with it.    If money is an issue and you have the means, you can offer to pay for it.   You could also offer to attend the classes with them or listen to the recordings and talk about it.

What questions do you have about Your Health Your Way?  Feel free to comment below or contact me.

 

 

 

 

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