Are You Okay?

I know the title seems like it's a pretty basic question. "Are you okay?"

While most people, when asked that question, reply with a basic answer. "Yeah, I'm good" or some form of that answer.

But what I want you to do is really think about that question. Don't just brush it off as me or anyone asking as a courtesy, at least not this time. Like I just said, really think about that question. I'm willing to bet that if you look past the surface, you're not okay. There are plenty of things going on in your life that are creating additional stress to your life. Things that are not under your control but that you still need to deal with. Dealing with bills, your job, kids (if you have them), the pandemic. I'm sure you can add to that list with things that are going on in your life as well.

So, what if the answer to "are you okay?" is no? What do you do next? I can tell you for sure, the one thing you should NOT do is let it fester inside you. Reach out to someone, a family member, a close friend or a professional. The first step is admitting that you're not okay. Believe me, it doesn't make you weak to admit that you're having issues. What it does make you is brave. One of the hardest things to do is to admit when we need help. Believe me that trying to tackle whatever issues you may be having alone, will more than likely, make the issue worse. Trying to take on your "I'm not okay" issues alone, while it is possible to do, it much easier when you have support from someone else.

If you have reached the point of giving up then I would ask you to call 800-273-8255

We all have bad days now and then, this is not what I'm talking about in this post. I'm talking about when your bad day has turned into bad weeks/months. I've gone through my struggles mentally just like everyone has. Thankfully, I had my daughters and family by my side to help me through. That's not to say that I don't have my own bad days here and there but I have learned to deal with them and to not allow them to become the bad weeks/months.

The fact is, life is not easy. I know you hear that all the time but there's a reason that people say it. That's because it's 100% true. Life is not easy but you have people in your life that are cheering for you and are supporting you with every move you make. It's perfectly acceptable to use your support team when you need them. That's exactly what they're there for. They are there for you during great times but they will be there for you, even more so, during your tough times.