May is Mental Health Month – Part 2

May Is For EVERYONE. (May is Mental Health Month Part Two.) by Howard Diamond

Yes, May is Mental Health Month, but is more than that. Thirty-one days in May and many other interesting events happen yearly. Does this mean I am going to mention each and every one? Can we try to imagine this, would this be a great idea?

Of course not, I have better things to do, say and write.

May I? May I? Well, let us proceed. A few days ago on the 15 May, I had my birthday. No applause or congratulations necessary. In fact, I spoke with no one and I received but one card. For me, it was another day to spend alone. Since this is a common occurrence, it makes me sad for a moment and then I replace the thought to an even happier in my thought process.

During my  years of therapy, I learned a technique called, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Simply put, it focuses on changing negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen motional difficulties. CBT is one of several ideas that helped me on my road to recovery.  Although my thoughts are clearer now, I am still on the road. Who of you out there, want to join me on this road? Anyone, Anyone, I’m waiting…

This excursion is long and painful. Each and every journey begins with one step. Anyone, I’m still waiting … not for long, Okay I want to move ahead now. Remember, CBT assisted me, does not mean it will do the same for you. We all take our trip differently but our lives intersect and continue together. Look out, it might and can bite us, no pain, no gain. Chin up, (but not too much) and focus on what is up ahead, (but not too far) and accomplish this by following this one step at a time.

Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot and repeat. Does this sound familiar? I know, I know! This is the walk used by The Armed Forces. This year on 25 May it is going to be Memorial Day which commemorates those who died in Military Service to and for THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  

remembrance day

Due to COVID19, this means more than ever so for this I salute ALL individuals who serve. THANK YOU!

It appears that Mental Health Month is not the only event in May. Most importantly, like I wrote previously, Mental Health is not only in May, but during every month of every year. So take care of oneself, physically and mentally, always. It is a positive way to look ahead in our journey to recovery in our lives. See you in the newsletter.

Howard, New York State Certified Peer Specialist from Long Island.

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