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Moving Out of Monday’s Rut

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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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Hooray! It’s another Monday; A new day and the beginning of a new work week. Well, at least for most. Depending on your profession, you might be at home relaxing on this ‘Presidential Day’ off. That’s a topic for another blog post.

Whether or not you are reading this post at home in your pajamas or in your business attire at work while searching for a dose of motivation on your break, you might be dealing with an array of emotions that seem to have you feeling some type of way. And your challenge is trying to identify the reason.

First, find comfort in knowing you are not alone.

The reason….

It could be the exhausting weekend you just had.

It could be the chaos you experienced this morning.

It could be the dew of disappointment from your Valentine’s Day date night or lack thereof.

Whatever the reason, one thing you are certain about is that you do not feel like your normal self.  You could be moving with less energy, feeling like you can not gather your thoughts and even having the urge to just cry for no apparent reason.

Now if I have just described you, doesn’t it at least feel good to confess these emotions? Even though you only acknowledged your feelings privately, this is a great start. Many people, especially African-Americans do not openly confess these concerns or reach out for help. As a black woman and in respect to Black History month, I found the following static alarming:

“…the depression rate among African American women is estimated to be almost 50% higher than that of Caucasian women” (George Leary, M.S.).

With that being stated, what are you going to do about your current state of emotions? Do you plan to keep it silent and just wait for the feeling to go away? And if it does, great! Temporary moments of depression can be normal. But if you find yourself feeling the same way tomorrow or next week will you be sharing your feelings with a trusted friend, family member or church member?

As I share in my book of memoirs about mental health, when people are truly in a stage of depression they just can’t snap out of it. Sometimes those that are closest to us feel as though we can. You may or may not need to see a professional. If you think you do, I definitely encourage you to do so.

But in case you want to read more information on what you can do now to help get you out of your rut, check out this post I stumbled upon on “For Harriet”. It might cause you to do more surfing on the web for further information. Hopefully, it will also encourage you deep down inside. And you will know that this too shall pass.

Eradicate the Silence!

 


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