I've been tagged... by Sydney... again! Thanks... Actually it's been good to have to go through and think about all this. So here goes:
What do I do for my mental health...
#1,2,3,4,5 is to stay close to God...but I'll add a few more that also help. However... God is my source for all things, especially my mental health. If He had not been with me during this past 5 months, I couldn't have stayed mentally healthy. I would have lost it many times over. When God is the one orchestrating the events in your life, neither lack nor danger nor destruction can affect you. Nothing happens to you by accident when you have God in your life. Whatever needs you have, God wants you to know that His supply will be there for you. As you involve Him in your daily life and trust His love for you, you will see Him lead and place you at the right place to enjoy His blessings.
#2 is to enjoy family time... My family is very important to me and I'm fortunate that I have had them with me pretty much THEIR whole life (lives). When my daughter was a young adult, not yet married, we always gave each other gifts of travel...tickets for the two of us to do something together. When she married, and had her children, they pretty much lived around the corner...again, staying close and we either saw each other every day or we talked on the phone many times per day. My grandchildren grew to adulthood and we're all still together. We all live in the same house, with me in like mother-in-law quarters, (well you need some private space sometimes) and the boys and my daughter in the remainder of the house. My Grandaughter does live a few miles away, but close enough. I find this to be another good thing for my mental health. I so enjoy being with them or near them.
#3... I miss my friends who have either passed away or I moved away and don't have the same contact. Being used to the close contact with someone who is no longer around causes those moments of sadness to surround you, but bringing back a good memory of that person at that very moment, can deliver you from the sadness to that of joy and peace.
#4... My dog Buddy... He's my closest friend right now... he's always there whether I want him to be or not, but he will look at me sometimes with those big eyes and tail wagging, and no matter what kind of mood I may be in, he lifts my spirits, and all is well.
#5...My blog and my blog buddies. I lose myself in the fun and experience of writing in my blog...sometimes serious, sometimes silly...but that's who I am. And I love reading my cyber-friends' blogs. We have become so close, even though the majority of us have never met. It's great to sign on and read what's going on in their lives...and be able to write down what's going on in mine.
I've never been the type of individual who dwells on "things". Good or bad. I accept them as that which is supposed to be.
My house would probably be considered dirty and unkempt... And it doesn't bother me in the least if it doesn't get cleaned. It doesn't look it, but if you get in those corners and behind furniture, you're gonna see that it doesn't get moved often. When I do spring cleaning (and that can be anytime) you can bet it really needs it. You clean people out there ( I was going to say "clean freaks", but didn't want to offend), ... you must be palpitating just thinking of the dirt. Sorry...
I sleep with my dog who sheds... I have to keep a sheet over my comforter so he can't get to it, otherwise I'm washing bedclothes constantly. I do it twice a week as it is. That is one place that has to be really clean... my bed... need to smell that good aroma from clean pillow cases. But I wouldn't even consider making him sleep anywhere else.
Exercise is another thing that never caught on with me. And I don't feel guilty... Would never have been helpful to my mental health. It would be the one thing that pulled me down if I thought about it. Maybe I'm just lazy, but again... guess that's just me.
God, Family, Friends, my Buddy and Cyber-friends.... that's what does it for me!
I'm only going to tag one person...pdx granny... you're it! Look forward to seeing your answers.