My car gives me notifications to schedule tune ups and maintenance just like my doctor sends me reminders about physicals and check ups.
Mental health needs to be on that list, too!
It’s not only Mental Illness Awareness Week. It’s also National Depression Screening Day.
Does anyone even know that there is a National Depression Screening Day? And if so, do you know what it means?
I think we all can be more diligent about checking in with our loved ones AND with ourselves.
You don’t have to go get an “official” screening, although I’d love to see that as a part of routine healthcare.
But until then – There are no bad questions or conversations. Simply asking “how are you doing lately?” opens the door – in a loving, compassionate way. But many people don’t know what to look for or how to start the conversation. So here are a few things to keep in mind: How’s your sleep? Are you sleeping more? Less? Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? All of this matters. Our bodies tell us things – but we have to pay attention and notice the clues. Another clue: How’s your appetite? Do you have an appetite? Are you hungrier than usual? Are you lacking focus? Is it more difficult to get things done and to stay on task? Are you lacking energy and motivation? Are you seeing your friends and loved ones? Do you have any aches or pains? Are you enjoying the things you love? I mean, not just going through the motions. Actually enjoying. These are some things to pay attention to and to ask yourself and your loved ones. Keep in mind that we all experience difficulties in these areas at different times and in varying degrees. I’d much rather deal with something in the beginning rather than waiting for it to escalate and get worse.
So start paying attention to these clues from your body. I know that if I’m struggling with my sleep, it means that something else is going on. But I know that because I’ve paid attention and learned through the years. So now, if my sleep does give me clues: I listen! It will be different for each one of us, but we can all learn from checking in with our bodies – on National Depression Screening Day and every day!
Donna is an intuitive energy coach, Reiki Master and teacher, inspiring speaker, crystal expert, and #1 international bestselling author. Donna guides women who are in a transition phase in their lives and ready to uncover and discover what the next chapter looks like and create the path to fulfillment and joy. She often supports empty nesters as she knows the space quite well.
Incorporating Reiki and crystals in her practice, Donna’s clients often experience clarity, focus, insight, and a sense of calm. Donna is grateful for her ability to support and guide others on their journey and is especially grateful she is able to do so remotely.
Using her pendulum, Donna selects the exact right crystals for her clients. Her pendulum also assists them in seeking answers to life’s tough questions, allowing them to follow their path to find joy.
Donna is excited to see how her life will continue to unfold and evolve in the most amazing way. She is open to any and all possibilities and continues to say yes to all that aligns with her vision, her passion, and her purpose.
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