On the first day of a new year (and a new decade in this century!) it’s a great time to consider your
– this aspect of good Mental Health is a core issue. It seems to me “the Church” has explained to us that since creation God has blessed us with “Free Will.” I understand this as God’s gift to us so we can use “Free Will” for what I call Self-Assessment.
We are able to put Self-Assessment into action in our living. Some people make resolutions, and have trouble following through on their good intentions. I’m inviting you (and me) to make a conscious PLAN - a COMMITMENT to CHOOSE to have a Mentally Healthy Day.
Track, for yourself, how you feel. You may wish to check yourself every hour on the hour. A simple way to do this is to set your watch or your phone to a pleasant alarm, to remind you to ask yourself . . .
“So How am I doing?” “How do I feel?”
Maybe make a note, at a given time of day, on your calendar. Review how your day went at the end of the day. Over time you may notice patterns. You will be providing “data” for yourself from which you can learn things like:
- I feel better after a good night’s sleep, or
- when I’ve had a good meal, or
- when I am walking, or
- when I am with others, or . . . when I am away from others.
Note things about your life that contribute to self-awareness and good mental health. You will begin to gain insight into things that detract from good mental health. With this ‘self-assessing’ data you can begin to make conscious choices to arrange your day for maximum good mental health.
Join us next time for tips, hints, and ideas for bringing Balanced Spirituality to your life for Good Mental Health.
So how do you like practicing PIES for Wellness?
and let us know. Blessings and have a Mentally Healthy Day.
Don’t forget to end your day with the evening verse from today’s lectionary.