Reconnecting with you (yourself)

Hello econuts and beautiful people.

You’ll have notice a break in Design and Scheme’s programming as I took a break to start school again and refocus.

As a person that works in productivity consulting and professional organizing, it’s imperative for me to listen to my clients. One of the primary topics that I noted with my clients as we discussed what they desire, we uncovered a common denominator of a lack of motivation not in the way that one would think. Many of my clients were dealing with intersections of mental health. This can often make it more difficult for them to do the things they need especially with the basics of daily life that they may have on their plates. You can’t exactly give away your friends, families, work, and responsibilities when you value them. It can cause more harm. You shouldn’t give away your goals and desires. Some who are parents even must prioritize the goals and activities of their children around their responsibilities.

For some of my clients, it was beneficial for them to reconstruct their day to ensure they take time for themselves; for other clients, we were coming up with a lot of problems that centered around mental health.  **No, I am not a mental health professional. It is not my job to diagnose, but it is my responsibility to listen to my clients and be informed on various concepts that may affect goals, desires, and needs. I often can relate to them as well. I have ongoing mental health disorders that I manage, and I am often surprised about the confusion about the pervasiveness of mental health in our lives. **

I hope you all have made a note of my updates from last year and realized that I’ve gone back to school. I’m learning about Industrial and Organizational psychology and reinforcing my interest in work culture, work-life balance, as well as how it intersects with mental health and interpersonal dysfunction. I’m seeing a lot of intersections that require for us to note that our mental health * whether a disorder or temporary illness) can affect your attitude and your physical ability to pursue or complete activities. As an individual and professional am aware of this information, but, I am happy to have found other theories and disciplines to discuss these matters in real detail with my clients.

Now to remind you all that again I am not a mental health professional. There are areas where professional organizing and productivity consulting can help manage, but it should be up to you and your mental health professional to set plans to help you succeed. It is my job to provide a healthful supplement to assist in the implementation. Scheduling and time management. Clutter and zoning. Reframing our settings and bring our version of peace into it. 

I’d like to share with you a short list of information that I think are significant considerations to ask when dealing with otherwise tip typical Mental Health.

  1. The intersection of people not being able to afford mental health care so.
  2. The surrounding settings that they intersect with daily do not support goal setting and being productive as tailored to their mental help.
  3. Individuals do not realize that they are not neurotypical. Due to this, there are extra steps that must be taken, adjustments to timelines, and hard conversations that must have.
  4. While trying to address your productivity and professional organizing one you are a human being. You are not a machine that can go non-stop repeating the same processes and getting the same results for hours on it.
  5. Productivity is a lot more than following through with a checklist of your to-do. Being productive means that you are getting things done and that could just mean that maybe today you’ve accomplished one task to or above the set standard instead of three tasks that weren’t up to their potential.
  6. Consider applying the concept of The Spoon Theory to your daily needs. There are many version of this idea. However, you need to be mindful of the energy you actually have. Fight an illness takes a toll, and invisible illnesses are still present despite our inability to see it outside of its symptoms.
  7. Adequate rest and diet are an essential part of being the person that you need to be. So barring that you had any sleep disorders or non-typical sleeping patterns be sure that you’re getting a minimum of six to eight hours of sleep a night. Be sure that you’re eating a healthy and balanced diet. Healthy and balanced are going to mean different things to you. Examine the culture you come from and the foods that you eat. What do those foods do to your body? Whether you need to moderate them. Do not eliminate but reduce unless otherwise told by a healthcare professional. What do you need to add to your diet? Use these questions as a permanent checkpoint for your physical health.
  8. When it comes to mental health, sometimes eating a balanced diet or eating regularly can be difficult. Some therapist will recommend that you deconstruct your meal instead of eating a well-balanced plate. Perhaps you’ll eat some vegetables, and then a little while later you’ll eat some protein and then a later you’ll eat another helping of vegetables. What matter is that by the end of the day you have managed to eat two to three full meals and two snacks.
  9. Do you want it takes to eat and get the sleep you need but take your consideration the limitations that you have and work with it?
  10. Work and not comparing yourself to other people but comparing yourself to yourself. Say five years ago you were in a different place and ask yourself what changed. Why were you in that different place then? Is that place that you were in a healthy place? Is it the place that you’re wanting to be your baseline or how you’re going to restart with rebuilding yourself? If so is there a healthy way (a realistic way )for you to get back to that place? Should you just create a new baseline for the person that you are today?
  11. With all of this, it’s also prudent to remember that life is not just a straight pathway. If you don’t make it from point A to point B, you didn’t fail. Life gives you multiple paths for how to get to a goal and sometimes that path is straight, sometimes that path is riddled with bumps and curves that you were not expecting. Life can be a mixture of smoothness, bumps, curves, and dead ins; You have to navigate it the best you can and find the proper tools to get there. You have to understand that it is not always a fault within yourself. Even if it is a fault within yourself that doesn’t mean that it is not something that we can’t overcome or work with. It most certainly does not say you are a terrible person.

Needing a mental health professional isn’t a weakness getting help.


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