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When movement stops growth stops and we become stagnant …. Keep Moving!

May is mental health awareness month an I can think of no better of a cause to celebrate, honor and get our Mood ON and Move IT on Monday. There are so many organizations that support the cause of Mental Health and I salute them all. I will list some local and world wide organizations at the bottom of my post so please do scroll to the bottom to see more but this one is paramont if you or anyone you know suffer from mental health issues NAMI ( National Alliance of Mental Ilness).

None of us are immune to suffering from mental illness and it is a well know fact that 1 out of 4 or 6 depending on the study you read will face mental health issues at one point in our lives. As much as we work on stigma, it unfortunately still exits and it’s our job to continue to shed light on the subject, talk openly and honestly about it and do our part to increase awareness and change.

It’s imprerative that you reach out for yourself if you are suffering or witness it in someone else. Don’t be afraid to get in someone’s business if you witness any signs that someone is experiencing, are in distress or you are concerned. You just may save their life. Sometimes intervention is necesary and timeliness can’t be over emphazied.

Do you know that movement is one of the biggest things that will improve your mood and give you a boost in serotonin levels and dopamine in your system and also change the synapsis in your brain?

There is a good chance you do, it’s just that it feels like soooo much effort to get up off of the couch or the chair and actually move when you are feeling down in the dumps. I get it and when you feel like a ton of bricks have dropped on you, why would you want to do any heavy lifting?

You DON’T! I GET IT. Not only have I been there but I have helped hundreds of people in my lifetime feel better and get a program that they can commit to and see the changes they want to see and my Moto is:

DESIRE + COMMITTMENT = RESULTS

But how do you get there?

No mater how glum it looks today, tomorrow’s sun will cast light on tomorrow’s shadow

It’s NOT easy and I will be the first to attest to that. Some of my family memebers have suffered their entire life with mental illness and when it is a whole family it is difficult to make headway unless they want to change. If they choose to be victims to their circumstances and not take the support offered it is painful to witness and can feel like a fruitless endevour. This is where acceptance and bounderies become essential. Brain disease is a very sad and debilitating illness which is why to me it is one of the most important causes to support. If we don’t have our faculties about us, we can’t think clearly and help ourselves or allow others to get the help they need. They end up in denial and blame others around them using them as scape goats for their situation rather than taking the necesary actions they need to take, in order to heal.

One of the most frustrating parts of living with family members that suffer for me is being in a field where I am able to reach a lot of people but I don’t have the ability to do the same with my family members which is often the case. I have learned to love from a distance and do what I can so it doesn’t affect my mental health. I have worked too hard to maintain my sanity and live healthfully and happily, to sacrifice my own well being. While it might sound callous, we can only help others when we help ourselves first, no matter who we are.

Happy Rainbow saying Stay Strong

How do you get there?

I will be the first to admit it’s not easy to get there and I have first hand experience of feeling the weight of the world upon my shoulders and stuck in quick sand. It took a lot of effort and digging out to get me to where I am today but if I could do it, you can too. But how you ask? Great question.

We could lament on all that is not working in our world, the mass shootings that seem to be up, suicide numbers, violence, bigotry, separation etc but you can easily find those stats by looking them up or listening to radio or the news. There are some articles I will list that I think are reputalbe and encouraging that I will list at the end, but what I’m intersted in is how we take the bull by the horns, reach across the table miles apart and practice love and kindness.

  • Recognize if you or Someone you know has an issue: If you are isolating, have anxiety, depression, have fears and phobias, obsessive thinking, overly agitated or angry have thoughts of harming yourself or others GET HELP RIGHT AWAY! See the list below and reach out NOW! It’s NOT a weakness if you need help! It’s prudent and smart! Let them know exactily how you are and get an appointment for assessment.
  • Make a Schedule: Realizing the issue is the first step so Congratulations! Now you need a small attainable list of things you can do daily. Be consistant and do it.

Schedule: KISS❣️ Yes, (Keep it simple stupid) Note this is not in liu of getting professional help

  • BREATHE: I have said it before and I will continue to say it. It is the cornerstone to our mental health and studies show it reduces stress, increases oxygen which brings oxygen to the brain. Joe Dispenza has a great book that breaks this down a lot more if you are looking for more specifics on this and many more tips but these are great breathing tips
  • MEDITATION: This cannot be over emphasized. The main purpose of meditation is to strengthen your conscious mind so you can use your conscious mind to understand yourself, gain better control over your mind and body and get access to higher intelligence Apr 3, 2021. It can help control anxiety, focus, awareness, presense of mind, helps combats addictions etc. Try an application to make it easy. There are several but these 2 are the ones I hear the best response from. Both have a free version you can check out. Calm is one of the ones a lot of my clients love as well as Headspace
  • GRATITUDE: It is well documented that by appreciating what we do have rather than what we don’t have, changes our mindset. Whatever we give attention to is what we attract which is the law of attraction. Seeing our glass as half full vs half empty is a major player in staying positive. Write down 10 things each day you are grateful for. It can be little and keep it at that. ie: I am grateful for a place to lay my head, food on the table, the sun, the sky, writing, music, my arms and legs, my friends, family etc. By doing this everyday you will begin to change your mind set and attitude. Like we know: GRATITUDE IS AN ATTITUDE❣️
  • REACH OUT: Call a friend or family member and share and find out how they are as well. By checking on someone else you are putting attention on someone besides yourself as well which is a gift to yourself. It is in the giving that we receive! \
  • PLAY UPLIFTING MUSIC: It is a well know fact that music lifts our mood so find sngs that lift your spirit and alter your mood.
  • MOVEMENT: This is one of the most powerful tools that I know of to increase your mood because you are working with breath, your muscular and skeletal system, endocrine system, brain etc all at once. Add music and tune in and tune out.
  • REFRAME: Reframing is a cognitive behavioral approach to looking at something from a different vantage point and moving from a negative to a postive way of looking at things.
  • AFFIRMATIONS or MANTRA: Affirming what you want in your life keeps your eye on the prize. Sometimes saying it over and over, posting it in different places in your house etc will remind you moment to moment to keep the right mind set. Make up your own or pick a couple of my favorites. I am healthy, vital and strong or Divine Love heals me or I am never alone or God is my source or Divine Love is my strength. Do you have one you use?
  • TURN IT OVER TO A HIGHER POWER: Get out of your own way and bury it, ask the Gods, Godesses, God, Spirit Guides, Buddha… It doesn’t matter who just open your top Chakra known as the Sahasrara Chakra in Yoga and let the work be done through you effortlessly and easily!
    IT WORKS!

Join me here for 17 minutes of Strength and Stretching. Do what you can, visit often and watch your body and your mind improve.

 Life is a fluid dance, always in motion

How You Can Help

Be kind; it doesn’t cost a dime

Call Someone if you need help or if you see someone else that does. Call them first and if the are not responsive and you are still concerned, then reach out to the hotlines yourself to see how you can best be of service

Know your own mental health bounderies and take care of yourself first

Stay in touch with the mental health facitilies listed below

Write letters to your local congress people to tell them your views: they do want to hear and will often reply.

Share good news and improvements that are happening

Improvments that are happening

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) are continuing to increase so we have officers that are trained in humane treatment when a mental health issue with and individual arises.

The No Cuffs Program is truly an inspiration to see the improvement so clients having a 90 % turn around for 3 years. This multi tiered approach is commendable and leaders are coming together to put together of crisis diversion. They embrace early on behavioral health They look at the client from all aspects of mental brain chemistry and and drug rehabilitation. There is a lot of hard work going and building relationships and partnerships.  Having a team is critical and case managers, probation, transportation, communication, housing Grant specialists, crisis intervention, public benefit services, local and state legislatures are all merging together which is needed to actualize this impressive change.

Articles such as these Can Kindness Prevent Suicide During the Pandemic in Psychology Today are uplifting and I think are paramont in creating change.

Resources to Call for World Wide Support

NAMI INFORMATION

Suicide Prevention If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Clubhouse International is world wide with local chapters

MIA Mental Health in America

Local Support

One Mind is an organization committed to brain health and research. They are near and dear to my heart as my daughter went to the same school as one of the founders in this family owned organization.

Thanks soooooo much for visiting and another LOOOOOOOOOOG article but if we don’t have our brains and mental health, what do we have? As always I truly appreciate you and it is our connection, committment and faith that are the glue that hold us together.
Stay well, Keep Smiling and have faith in all you do no matter how glum it looks today, tomorrow’s sun will cast light on todays shadow and don’t ever forget that.

💖

Cindy

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ashok
2 months ago

Move it and keep moving! True Cindy. Human body is designed for movement!

Two years back a close friend, who is PhD in Social Welfare and has been an advisor in UN etc went into a depression. I was shocked and realised that if she can go down anyone can!

And yes Cindy it is so tough to be in close proximity of mentally challenged people for long periods.

You are kind and brave. Keep shining your light 💖🤗💖

ashok
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

Always a pleasure my dear and wise friend 💖🤗

ben Alexander
2 months ago

Wow, Cindy, this is SUCH A GOOD and IMPORTANT blog post. I humbly salute you.

And – nothing is more true than this:

we can only help others when we help ourselves first, no matter who we are.

-David

Filarance
2 months ago

Wowww!! It’s a beautiful and wonderful post dear cindy! And also very helpful! You are so sweet and kind! You are awesome! Hope you are doing good.. hoping you have a bright day.. Much love..🤗💖💖

Filarance
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

Haha!🤣 Sure, my friend!

Filarance
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

😂😂❤

Filarance
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

💖

Filarance
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

🤗

akshita1776
2 months ago

Move on and shake it off!!
Very helpful and sweet post, auntie!!

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
2 months ago

💜 This is Pertinent as The Only Constant is Change; as a Settled Divorcee I NOW!!! KNOW!!! about a Ladies Plumbing and THOUGHTS!!! which (WITCH!!!) SHE!!! HATES!!! because SHE!!! Desires To Be Oh So MYSTERIOUS!!!

…💛💚💙…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Yernasia Quorelios
1 month ago

💜 Just kidding about the Ladys “THOUGHTS!!!” EveryOne; really, I Have NO IDEA!!! what’s Going On in a Ladys Head and I DON’T THINK!!! SHE!!! does either 🤪🤐🤯

…💛💚💙…

Ingrid
2 months ago

Well said Cindy: I’ve faced my own struggles and those of family members, and you’re absolutely right, you have to safeguard your own mental health first. Because if you’re in a mess, how can you help anyone else? But help is always available if we reach out for it! ❤️

Shweta Suresh
2 months ago

Mental illness can be so confusing – to the ones who are suffering and their loved ones who have to watch them suffer. This is a really helpful post.

Shweta Suresh
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

It’s my pleasure.
Thanks a lot, Cindy. It feels great to hear that from a fellow blogger like you. I had been on a bit of a break. I just returned to blogging merely 3 days ago. I have been posting daily ever since. You might have missed a few of those posts.

Nawazish
2 months ago

Mental health is very important and most ignored!

Gabriela Marie Milton
2 months ago

What a great post Cindy. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope all of us understand that we need to erase the stigma of mental health. And you know one of the classics wrote something to the effect: metal health is not necessarily given to you. You need to fight for it. That’s paraphrasing. I can’t remember the exact words. Anyway, thank you again for sharing. You are an angel ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Offshorewriter
2 months ago

Such an important post to read today. I have shared this to one of my friend who is having tough time dealing herself. Thank you Cindy for the kind and good post. ❤️❤️❤️

Offshorewriter
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣 Lol…. That’s funny…. Now,… Good morning starts with C…and ends with Y!!! I am sure no one here can understand what we are talking about. 😂😂😂. ❤️❤️

Rishika Jain
2 months ago

Love that you’re writing about mental health dear Cindy .. important post 🥺❤️

Thegirlwithapuzzledmind
2 months ago

This is a high time we prioritize, recognize and give the due importance to mental health. You have penned this post with such positivity. It was so good to read this post. Thanks for sharing Cindy ❤️❤️

Thegirlwithapuzzledmind
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

You are a kind and positive person Cindy. Its always a pleasure to read your thoughts.

Keith
2 months ago

Cindy, I want to thank you for this compelling and well done post. You offered good data, your suggestions, but encouraged folks to get help as exercise, breathing, etc. can only go so far. . I watched your video and like the “watch your hand concept.” I did not realize that is what I do when I do several Yoga or stretching moves at home. Maybe the instructor said that at one time, but now I just do it. Nice work. Keith

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
2 months ago

Cindy, a comprehensive post with helpful resources. <3 I know firsthand that it truly hurts when someone you love is having mental health issues, but I agree that it is important to set boundaries and not let yourself be dragged down. Sometimes not "helping" is the best help of all, and the person becomes more self-reliant.

Take care, Cindy! 🙂

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
2 months ago

💜 Thank YOU!!! Goddess; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that More Chat is Better than The Silent Treatment as Buttons and Triggers ARE for OurSelves to Manage

…💛💚💙…

Samreen Asad
2 months ago

Such a wonderful, positive and detailed post on mental health awareness Cindy. The main issue is that people don’t accept that they are going through the same and ignore, leading themselves into the deeper wells. Fortunate are the ones who get right advice at the right time. I loved and completely agree with the line, you have to help yourself first to help others. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you so much for sharing dear, love and hugs ❣️❣️❤️❤️🤗🤗

Prakaash inspiration
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Excellent post with wonderful tips.🙏🌹👌

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Always a pleasure dear ❤️🤗❤️🤗❤️💕💖🌹

nonsmokingladybug
2 months ago

I got anxiety attacks out of the blue, a gift from Mother Nature when I hit menopause. The mind is a powerful thing.

sloppy buddhist
2 months ago

Valuable information Cindy … nobody knows the stories we have left behind us … thanks for sharing your wisdom
Sending you joy for an active happy
Monday ~
Smiles hedy ☺️💫

MariaTeresa
2 months ago

This entire post celebrates how imperative it is to move and to do whatever it takes to express oneself along the roads life leads us along, especially when there are challenges and road blocks. Thank you for sharing your truths and tips on how to move through the struggles. We are indeed in this together ❤ and it’s the ones who seem the strongest have the hardest fall because of stigma and pride. We all can definitely say either we know someone or have experienced mental health challenges ourselves. While we work as a society to mend the broken systems, I for one want a more cohesive approach to whole body wellness to include mind, body and spirit since we know they all work hand in hand. Speaking up and out is a huge part of healing this as individuals and as a collective. Brava my dear sister Cindy and 💖 You continue to be a bright shiny light and I love you, count you as a blessing and see your beautiful soul shine ✨🌠😊💛

MariaTeresa
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

Yes yes YES 🙌 So much love always 💖

MariaTeresa
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

Yay🎉🥰🌈 same to you Cindy 😊

SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ
2 months ago

To Cindy and Whomever It May Concern:
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Yours sincerely,
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Ashish - Proxywords
2 months ago

Yes, mental illness is sometimes hard and confusing. In some cases even we don’t know we are suffering from it. Great post! ❤️

Ashish - Proxywords
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

My pleasure Cindy! 💗💗

thewheelchairteen
2 months ago

Thank you so much for raising awareness about these issues. I’m someone who has suffered from depression, and even I learned a lot from this post. The picture with all of those statistics on it was shocking. I had no idea that so many people were affected. And ninety suicides an hour is so sad. Hopefully many people will read this post and be inspired to reach out and help. I’ve started doing pilates everyday and it’s really helped with my mental health. Sometimes movement can be the best medicine.

thewheelchairteen
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Sure! My name is Simone 🙂

majaalifee
2 months ago

💕😊🌹

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
2 months ago

This is such a much needed article. You have done a lot of work and researched the problems and solutions very well. Stamp out the stigma.mental is a disease of the brain 🧠 and we all need to be aware of how to get the help we need mentally, physically and spiritually.thank you for reaching out to so many .wishing you continued health success and happiness. Love and blessings ❤️

joycemaryj
2 months ago

Thank you for writing this post Cindy. It’s really important to understand that mental disease is same as that of the physical one
So, if can go to a doctor for a simple cold or stomach ache, why we don’t make sure to see a professional for our mental health. I’m really glad that you chose this topic and gave us such a wonderful advice on mental health and wellness in depth.

joycemaryj
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
2 months ago

It was my pleasure. You too have a good night.😊🙏

Michele Lee
2 months ago

Cindy, your post is incredible and you are an angel. A post rich in resources and positive support for those who may be challenged by some form of mental illness. Your tips are beneficial for everyone! Meditation, music, and movement have helped me stay grounded and healthy over the last year. 🙏🏻

D. Wallace Peach
2 months ago

What a great resource you’ve put together here, Cindy. So much information and laid out clearly. The statistics are rather alarming when it comes to available healthcare and services. I appreciate the tips for staying mentally healthy and for dealing with challenges. I wish this country (the world) treated this devastating issue with more compassion and resources. Thanks for the invaluable share.

Goff James
1 month ago

Sound advice. Never look back, always move onwards and upwards. Have a great day, Cindy.

Goff James
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Cheers. Happy Smiles Day.

Goff James
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thanks. Happy Smiling Hearts Day.

Goff James
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Thanks.

Penny Wilson Writes
1 month ago

Amazingly informative article, Cindy. Sharing! <3

rothpoetry
1 month ago

A great post on Mental Health awareness. I can give it a big amen from my own experience! How long have you been doing video classes?
Dwight

rothpoetry
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You are right. Staying connected with your students!

Jeff Flesch
1 month ago

A beautiful post, dear Cindy, and an amazing accompanying video! Lovely, lovely, and so important, my friend. ❤️💕

Lokesh Sastya
1 month ago

Inspiration comes naturally when you decide to be happy.

You have described various dimensions and the ways to build a healthy lifestyle. Introducing various groups and institutions may help readers to connect with expert & experienced advice without googling it.

• Brilliant and mindful article
• Organised presentation
• Optimized images
• Embedded relevant YouTube video (video is a great way to communicate)
• No useless stuff
• Legal and authorised help

I appreciate it, Cindy. (Please start learning SEO because more people need hear you.)

Lokesh Sastya
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

There are so many tools available. I think you should start with basics. It takes time but it gives you a lot in the back. I do not know much. Olivia can help you to for better start.

😊 Happy Blogging 😊

Jeff Flesch
1 month ago

Welcome, Cindy! Always. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. ❤❤❤

Jeff Flesch
1 month ago

❤️❤️❤️

Kritika
1 month ago

Move it and Move on 😀 Nice uplifting post.

Kritika
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Welcome kindly 🙂 (hearts)

Maria A.
1 month ago

You’re so right when you say that we can’t help others until we take care of ourselves first. It’s very important to have people to talk to, be it online in the blogging community. People who don’t judge us, who wish us well and say a few words of comfort.

Everybody has been through pain in life, and healing can only occur if talk about the pain in order to get over it. And then a time comes when you forget about sad things and focus on the positive as a sign of growth. You grow strong and your resilience takes you to great heights in many walks of life.

I wish everybody well here, all readers especially Cindy for writing about a difficult area. God bless.

Prior...
1 month ago

Cindy – wonderful post with so many heists and wellness tips and argh Ron how to help!
Also -the video was good – i watched the first half and liked your opening as you encourage and remind people to fight for their wellness and to bring thoughts in line! Such practical and genuine advice 😊🤍🤍🤍

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