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May the Force be With You!

Published by Tiffany Jenkins on

May the Force be With You!

May is National Mental Health Month and National Women’s Health Month, but do you know else is in May?

May the 4th is Star Wars Day!

From the time I was a kid, I have always loved Master Yoda (there’s an old Polaroid somewhere of me in a Yoda costume for Halloween…lol). When I was young, I just liked the little funny talking green guy. But, as an adult, I have come to appreciate the wisdom Master Yoda tried so often to impart to the young Jedi, Luke Skywalker.

One day during his training, Luke yells in frustration, “I’m trying!” to which Master Yoda responds,

I often find myself reflecting on that simple advice –
“do or do not, there is no try”.

On this journey towards health and healing, there are lots of obstacles and challenges. It is easy to get frustrated and see ourselves as “trying”, but the truth is, if you are working towards being better, you are DOING.
Give yourself credit for all the progress you have made,
even if that progress is simply the decision to reach out for help.

(See, I made the connection. I just needed to geek out for a minute … lol)

Let me share some other suggestions for things to DO this month:

  1. Remember that Mother’s Day is not a happy holiday for everyone. For those who have lost their mother, had fertility challenges, or who have had difficult relationships with maternal figures, the holiday can trigger negative emotions. If this is your experience, speak up about the way you feel and spend time with people who will support you. And, know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Set and maintain healthy boundaries. Make sure that you aren’t setting yourself on fire to keep others warm. You can say no to things that don’t serve you. It’s ok. No isn’t a dirty word, but it IS a complete sentence.

  3. Get some sleep! 7-9 hours of sleep is the reccomendation for adults. Getting proper sleep can help decrease stress, reduce risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and improve your mood.

I’d love to hear from you!

What will you do this month for your mental and physical health?

May the Force be With You!

Stay Safe & Be Well,
Tiffany

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