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  • Writer's pictureLaura Bonzil

When Life Gets Hard

Oftentimes in life, it seems as if when we overcome difficulties and things are finally going pretty well, more challenges awaits us around the corner. During these trials, people tend to remind you to stay strong and focus on the positive. Although their support is usually genuine, sometimes words don't help us so much. When the pain is overbearing and you find yourself emotionally and mentally exhausted, do not be afraid to let others know how you feel. If necessary, seek professional help in order to make sure that your mental health is in check. Don't worry about what others may say, but simply remember that your mind truly controls your total wellness and health.

As I reflect on the last few years of my life and take the time to process the various challenges, circumstances, and situations that I have experienced; my mind becomes full of thoughts and emotions. No matter how strong one can appear to be externally, when you do not take the time to address your emotional, physical, and mental wellness your body will internally suffer and it can lead to physical, emotional, and mental health issues.

Speaking to a therapist no longer makes me feel uncomfortable or weak. I now realize the importance of self-care, mental health days, and prioritizing my total wellness on a regular basis. I do not hesitate to say "no" or choose to stay home and quietly chill rather than attend certain social gatherings. In order to keep nurturing others, I must first fill my own cup with self-love, patience, rest, exercise, healthy foods, and whatever else that brings me fulfillment.

I challenge each of you to take the time to rest, rejuvenate, and reach out to others when needed. Your emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health are interconnected. Each new day gives you another opportunity to flourish and grow. We all go through various situations in life, don't forget to check-in on your family and friends.

"I am not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott


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