Reflections #7

Pause……..Breathe In this fast paced world, we can find difficulty in slowing down.  We may feel the pressure of needing to achieve, to always be “on”, to push through things that may be bothering us, to get to the final goal.  The final goal of what, you ask……that really is the question.  For a largeContinue reading “Reflections #7”

Sense of Belonging

The last two posts here on You Matter Too were about strengthening connections and having a strong support network.  These all enhance our ability to feel like we belong.  A sense of belonging is another key component of our overall health and well-being.   A sense of belonging is a feeling that you are accepted, supportedContinue reading “Sense of Belonging”

Support Networks

Previously, I have talked about the connections we develop with each other and how that can enhance and support our mental health (Strengthening Connections). From strengthening these connections, we can develop a strong support network. A support network can simply be defined as people in your life that can help you.  These are people thatContinue reading “Support Networks”

Empowering Ourselves – through finding our strengths

To empower someone is to give them the means to achieve something Collins Dictionary This month, we turn our focus towards aspects and actions that we can take to empower ourselves on our mental health journey.  This can be done in so many different ways and, just like with the practices we can put inContinue reading “Empowering Ourselves – through finding our strengths”

Reflections #4

Forgiveness My recent post on how a practice of forgiveness can help enhance our mental health brought up many different feelings for me.  I am an educator. I teach about the benefits and the true meaning of forgiveness, yet it is still something I tend to have a love/hate relationship with.  A reminder……Forgiveness is somethingContinue reading “Reflections #4”

Understanding Forgiveness

A little known practice, when we look at how to support and enhance our mental health, is forgiveness.  There is, at times, a lack of understanding of what forgiveness actually is.  This lack of understanding can impact our ability to support ourselves and others, and unfortunately lead to us holding onto the negative thoughts andContinue reading “Understanding Forgiveness”

Reflections #3

Authenticity It is a word that is thrown around so often and it is also one that I have been reflecting on quite frequently over the last month or so.  As with any reflection, I find myself asking many questions that swirl around my mind…….. How do we show our authenticity?  What does it lookContinue reading “Reflections #3”

Strengthening Connections

One thing that is really important when it comes to enhancing our mental health is often overlooked.  It is the connections (or relationships) that we have with others.  Strong connections give us the feeling of being supported……..safe.  They can form the foundation of our overall well being.  When we go through tough times, knowing thatContinue reading “Strengthening Connections”

Gratitude

Gratitude and gratefulness. We hear these terms so often in our lives though finding a definition is not as easy as it may seem. It is more than just saying thank you.   Gratitude can be seen as being one of many different things; an attitude, part of our morals and values, a habit, an emotion.Continue reading “Gratitude”

Reflections #1

Emptiness………. It’s a strange feeling and one that I know something about. I had it come over me today, just out of the blue. There were no warnings that it was coming, just all of the sudden I felt a wave of nothing. I like to call it the void. This place of apathy. I’veContinue reading “Reflections #1”