Mental Health Check-In: How Are You Really Doing Today?

Mental Health Awareness Month invites us to reflect on the importance of mental well-being in our lives. This year’s theme centers around the idea that fulfilling our calling requires strong mental health. Our calling—whether it’s our career, personal aspirations, or roles in our community—demands a resilient and healthy mind. In this blog, I’ll share some of the practices that help me maintain mental well-being and discuss areas where I need improvement. By focusing on these aspects, we can all strive to live more fulfilling lives.

Practices That Help Me Maintain Mental Well-Being

Meditation with the Headspace App:

Meditation has been a cornerstone of my mental health regimen. Using the Headspace app, I carve out moments of tranquility amidst the chaos of daily life. This app offers guided meditations that cater to various needs, from stress reduction to improving focus. If you’re interested in trying it out, I’m sharing my 30-Day Guest Pass with you: Laila’s Guest Pass Unlocked and let me know how did it go for you.

Journaling:

Writing down my thoughts and feelings each day has been immensely therapeutic. Journaling provides a private space to explore emotions, reflect on experiences, and track personal growth. It serves as a mental release, helping to process the events of the day and fostering a deeper understanding of oneself.

Quiet Time with My Bible Study Book:

Spending quiet time with my Bible study book has been spiritually nourishing. This practice not only strengthens my faith but also offers profound insights and a sense of peace. It’s a time to disconnect from the world and reconnect with my spiritual beliefs, providing clarity and comfort.

Areas for Improvement

While I’ve made significant strides in maintaining my mental health, there are areas where I still need improvement. Recognizing these areas is the first step towards making positive changes:

Get More Sleep:

Adequate sleep is crucial for mental and physical health. Despite understanding its importance, I often find myself skimping on sleep due to a busy schedule. Improving my sleep hygiene by setting a consistent bedtime and creating a relaxing pre-sleep routine is a priority.

Reduce Screen Time Before Bed:

The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with our ability to fall asleep. I aim to cut down on screen time before bed, opting instead for activities like reading or meditating to help unwind.

30-Minute Exercise Daily:

Regular physical activity is not only beneficial for physical health but also for mental well-being. Incorporating at least 30 minutes of exercise into my daily routine can boost mood, reduce anxiety, and improve overall energy levels.

Block Out More Time to Hang Out with Loved Ones:

Social connections are vital for emotional health. I plan to prioritize spending more time with my loved ones, as these interactions can provide support, laughter, and a sense of belonging.

Quick Takeaway

Maintaining strong mental health is essential for fulfilling our calling. By practicing meditation, journaling, and engaging in spiritual activities, we can foster resilience and clarity. Additionally, focusing on getting enough sleep, reducing screen time before bed, exercising regularly, and nurturing social connections can significantly enhance our mental well-being.

Reflection Questions

  • How do you currently manage stress in your daily life?
  • What activities or practices bring you a sense of peace and fulfillment?
  • Are there any areas in your life where you feel you could improve your mental well-being?
    How often do you prioritize sleep and rest, and what changes can you make to improve your sleep hygiene?
  • In what ways can you enhance your social connections and spend more quality time with loved ones?

By reflecting on these questions and making intentional changes, we can all take steps towards better mental health and ultimately, a more fulfilling life. Take this time to explore what works best for you and make a commitment to your mental well-being.

Your Guide to Finding Meaning and Fulfillment

Your Guide to Finding Meaning and Fulfillment

Last week, I viewed an inspiring Masterclass by Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, where she shared a compelling framework for discovering one’s purpose. I couldn’t wait to bring this valuable insight to you all.

Sara’s approach centers around a simple yet profound diagram that encapsulates the essence of finding purpose. At the core lies “purpose” itself, surrounded by interconnected elements: skill, enjoyment, and service. Let’s break this down further.

Purpose as the Core: Think of purpose as the nucleus of your being. It’s the reason behind what you do, the driving force that propels you forward. Your purpose gives meaning and direction to your actions and choices.

Skill: This represents what you are good at. It involves identifying your strengths, talents, and acquired skills over time. Aligning your purpose with your skills ensures that you can excel and make a meaningful impact.

Enjoyment: What brings you joy and fulfillment? This aspect taps into your passions and interests. Finding purpose means engaging in activities that light you up and bring a sense of satisfaction.

Service: Purpose often extends beyond ourselves—it involves contributing positively to others and the world around us. Service is about how your unique gifts and passions can benefit others and make a difference.  Sara states who can identify where you should serve by paying attention to “what breaks your heart”


Staying Connected to Your “Why”

Discovering your purpose is one thing, but staying connected to it is equally crucial. Your “why” acts as your North Star, guiding you through challenges and uncertainties. Here’s how you can nurture this connection:

Reflection: Set aside time to reflect on what truly matters to you. Journaling or meditation can be powerful tools for introspection.

Align Your Actions: Ensure that your daily actions align with your purpose. This alignment fosters a sense of fulfillment and authenticity.

Seek Inspiration: Surround yourself with like-minded individuals or mentors who inspire and uplift you on your journey.

Celebrate Milestones: Acknowledge and celebrate achievements that align with your purpose. This reinforces your commitment and motivation.


Practical Tips to Find Your “Why”

Explore Your Passions: What activities make you lose track of time? Pay attention to what ignites your curiosity and enthusiasm.

Identify Impact: Reflect on the impact you wish to create in the world. How do you envision making a difference?

Connect the Dots: Look for patterns in your life experiences. What recurring themes or interests emerge?

Experiment: Don’t be afraid to try new things. Experimentation can lead to unexpected discoveries about yourself and your purpose.

In summary, finding your calling is a journey of self-discovery rooted in understanding your purpose, leveraging your skills and passions, and serving others. Remember to stay connected to your “why” as it fuels your determination and brings meaning to your endeavors.


For those seeking a quick takeaway:

  • Discovering your purpose involves aligning your skills, passions, and desire to serve with a central sense of “why.” 
  • Stay connected to your purpose through reflection, alignment of actions, seeking inspiration, and celebrating milestones. 
  • Explore your passions, identify impact, connect life experiences, and don’t shy away from experimentation to uncover your true calling in life.


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Nurturing Your Call

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