The fact that I’m sharing Tip #13 on a Friday hasn’t escaped me. I can tell you, I am not a superstitious person. Through my life, I have dealt with a great deal of hardship and this world has yet to get the best of me. I do think I was born with a highly resilient, “solid dose of stubborn” personality. From a young age any type of adversity really pissed me off and only made me more determined to find the triumph in any and every situation.
I also have a strong understanding of reality so, in some people’s opinion, I can be a bit of a pessimist. I think I’ve just experienced enough in this 45 years of mine to know that people aren’t always kind, not everyone does the right thing, and that’s just the way it is.
That is why I have always felt a strong pull to lead, to be open and publicly honest about my own struggles. If sharing my story and my voice helps give strength and courage to those still cultivating the traits I was somehow born with, then that’s my Super Power.
What’s yours? Once you know, please share it. We need more people in this world sharing our voices in our communities to help create positive change in whatever way we can.
And if your idea of positive change includes exclusion, please reconsider if you are truly bringing people together. We need more dialogue that unites and ignites us all. Dialogue that helps people from all different backgrounds better understand one another and makes this world a better place for EVERYONE. Not just the people who make us feel good about ourselves because they’re just like us. Branch out, people!
Share your stories and also welcome other people to share theirs. True LISTENING is a super power we all must learn to better cultivate. Just letting someone feel HEARD can help extend an offering of unity and acceptance.
At our Lift Away the Stigma, Circuit Training Marathon you’ll have a chance to #tellyourstory by writing it on a card and adding it to our #MentalHealthAffectsMe WALL.
Just the other day I shared my story and told you how Mental Health Affects Me, and over the next two weeks you can hear me invite the whole Capital Region to also learn about my story, on all of Albany Broadcasting’s radio stations. They have graciously supported our Lift Away the Stigma, Circuit Training Marathon event by donating the air time for this Public Service Announcement in which I’m inviting everyone to support Lift Away the Stigma.
They are using their Super Hero Power of Super Wide Community Reach and helping us raise awareness and money for the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc and their campaign to Take Away the Stigma of Mental Illness. Be sure to listen for my voice on all of the following radio stations!
If you’d like to learn why Mental Health Affects me, go here to read my story.
Mental Health Fact #13: Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry.
Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse.
Family history of mental health problems.
People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Here’s Tip #13 of 30 Days to Lift Away the Stigma, Suspension Trainer Squats and Suspension Trainer Squat jumps .
Fitness Tip #11, Suspension trainer squats and squat jumps
Here are some visual reminders. (Click on the photos to enlarge).
If you’d like to participate in our Circuit Training Marathon, and help “Lift Away the Stigma” of Mental Illness go HERE to register online or download your registration form and mail it in! And if you can’t attend, we’d still love your support. No matter where you live, this is an important matter that affects all of us.
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“Helping people live happier, healthier, longer, stronger lives,
one lift at a time.”