How Journaling Saved My Life

Loneliness takes over a person’s mind and absorbs any ounce of happiness in their life.

When you are left with negative thoughts it can lead to a dangerous place. It’s only a matter of time before that ticking time bomb explodes. Sadly, a lot of people keep their thoughts to themselves. I mean I get it, you don’t know who to trust, and most of all you don’t want your business out there for someone else to gossip about. I have been there and to be honest with you I still struggle with that from time to time. 

2010-2011 was a rough year for me.  I was hurt from a previous relationship and to top it off, I was alone. I didn’t have the energy to do anything. I only went to work because I knew that was something I had to do in order to pay my bills. However, during that time conversations were meaningless and I viewed my life the same way. My friends were getting married and I all had were my feelings and my apartment.  Those days drove me insane! I went to work, did my duties, and rushed home to stayed in bed. I barely ate nor did I care if I had anything to eat.

When I relocated to another state I didn’t realize the importance of family. I was always around them and it’s true you don’t miss something until its gone. Well not quite gone but you catch the drift.  I was 3 1/2 hours away from home and a phone call was not always good enough. One time I managed to go home but I had to drive back to Maryland Christmas night because I worked the next day. The weather was horrible and I refused to travel alone on a holiday again. With that being said holidays were a drag and the following Christmas I didn’t do anything. Despite living in a new town and being distant with family and friends I had to find happiness within myself, but during that time I didn’t know how.

10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal -Thai Nguyen

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Why People are Afraid to Talk about Mental Health

No one wants to be a stigma.

People who experience mental health can feel alone. They have no one to talk to that may understand what is going on. Talking to friends and family members can be beneficial but not relatable. At first, a person may not want to admit they have an illness (I witness this all the time at work). But with the education and tools to understanding their illness, they slowly start to accept why they are hospitalized and appreciate the help when it is time for them to leave. It’s important to not only inform someone what they have but to give them an understanding that they too can conquer their mental illness. Sadly enough, we live in a society that gives mental health a stigma, which makes it difficult for people to get help and accept treatment.

Why does society do this? What’s the purpose? We march for health issues but when it comes to mental health we give the side eye. 

Some people act as if mental health does not exist. Others have no desire to be a part of the topic because they feel that the matter is not important to them. It is easy to talk about mental health when a disaster happens, but that’s not the ONLY time we need to talk about it. Mental health should be a part of daily conversations. People should obtain mental health resources without feeling like an outcast or think the world is judging them. Mental health is just as important as our medical health and it’s time society takes this topic seriously.

We have to do better for our community and generations after us

When a tragedy is caused by someone who experienced a mental break, it’s common to be shocked. After we learn they experience mental illness we hear a few things about their diagnoses and that’s it. But why wait for things to get to that point? If a person is not taking care of themselves mentally, it can lead to harming themselves or others or worse, death.

What is mental health? For starters, it’s something society seems to have a hard time understanding. How can anyone accept something when we don’t understand it?

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Life After Recovery – Jennifer Klotz

Traumatic events happen throughout life. Some people know how to tackle trauma yet others do not. Despite life’s journey, we experienced difficulties in order to grow. In life, we are supposed to mature, experience lessons and share them with other people. Some people are born knowing they want to be a doctor, others find purpose once they complete college or adulthood, while others may find their purpose during traumatic occurrences.

It’s an honor to talk to someone whose purpose is to help people who suffered from drug and alcohol addiction. Woman for Thought is a website where we encourage women to be their best selves. Here we have Jennifer Klotz who is a Life Coach and has a website to help others Life After Recovery.

How long have you been a Life Coach?
I have been a Recovery and Life Coach for a year and a half.

What made you get into Life Coaching?
I discovered that my purpose and passion is to help others who are struggling with recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. When I was 2 years into recovery and still unemployed, I discovered my purpose. In recovery, I have become awakened to my inner self, my true self. I am on the True Road to True Recovery. I want to help others achieve True Recovery. Continue reading “Life After Recovery – Jennifer Klotz”