My Focus is on Mental Health Care

I don’t have words to explain how I feel about the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

I feel shocked.

Numb.

Outrageously angry.

I find myself asking questions that can not be answered, and I find myself crying every time I think and/or talk about this event.

While I feel strongly about the need for gun control to be reevaluated, my real focus is towards the mental health system, the field in which I am building my career.

This cartoon I recently came across accurately sums up my feelings. This is real life. And, in my opinion, this is why things like this are happening.

(source)

The sheer inability to access mental health care is astonishing. Along with that, the stigma attached to receiving mental health care is a genuine deterrent for so many people.

If you had a broken arm, you wouldn’t think twice about seeking care from a professional. So, why then, is it so stigmatized to receive help from a professional when you’re mental health is failing you?

I have no desire to blog, tweet, or log on to Facebook. My life is good, but I don’t feel good, and I’d be doing you and myself a disservice if I blogged about my daily life while feeling this way.

Come on back in a few days.

Sweat vs. The Snooze Button

What’s cookin’ good lookin’s?! ;)

So, I’m going to confess something else to you (as if those random seven things weren’t enough Colleen Overload for ya) I reset my alarm this morning instead of getting up and working out. I know, slap me on the wrist. Shake your head. But seriously – when my alarm went off at 5:00 my entire body was screaming “Oh HELL no!” So I didn’t think twice about giving myself an extra hour of shut-eye ;)

That’s the problem with taking night classes. I get back around 10, and I’m still wound up from the day – whereas if I lived in a perfect world, I’d be winding down from the day and getting in bed at 10 PM. When I get back, my mind is still racing about counseling skills and strategies, I want to get my stuff organized for the morning, and I don’t actually get into bed until 11:30 – which makes it very difficult for me to wake up at 5 AM and want to break a sweat. I think from now on I’m just going to designate Thursdays as an “off” day.

Let’s get on to the food, shall we?

Breakfast was PB&J oats, half a banana, a pinch of almond slivers and some Quaker Oats Oatmeal Squares. It never disappoints, ladies & gents ;)

Lunch was a delicious veggie & brown rice bowl with a camera-shy apple :)

I’ve got to get back to writing papers work! Enjoy your day, friends! :D

Question for you – Do you ever choose sleep over working out? If so, do you beat yourself up about it?