This Month: Mind Your Mind
Of course you know a well-rounded, balanced diet and a vigorous mix of exercises are important for health. After all, you’re a RiDEr!
You are in touch with your body, in sync with your soul, and plugged in to your community. I wonder, though, if there’s room for even more growth on your health and wellness journey?
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Some of us are already in the counselor’s office once a month, once a week, or even more frequently (doubles aren’t just for back-to-back RiDEs!). But many of you aren’t thinking about your mental health in relation to physical health.
Every Sunday at 2pm you plan your RiDEs for the week, but do you plan to go see your therapist with the same fervor? Do you set alarms that say: Book your therapy session!?
Listen…I get it. Mental health gets a bad rap in lots of different cultural communities, BUT, life is hard. Add in tough issues like stress, loss, grief, trauma, divorce, addiction, anxiety, depression, self-doubt - the list goes on and on - and it’s easy to see why there is no shame in getting the support that you need to help you process through your life’s experiences.
Honestly, even if you had the picture-perfect childhood, it doesn’t hurt to sit down and talk to someone who is formally trained to help you figure out your behavioral patterns. Why do you do what you do? How did you come to think, act, be this way?
On this beautiful, gritty journey of life, it’s important to take time for self-reflection (and by that I mean more time than what you get in a 50 minute spin class!).
As your instructor, I want you to live your best, healthiest, most fulfilling life. No one but you knows what you come into the studio with. You could have had a crap day at work, you and your spouse aren’t seeing eye-to-eye again, or your parent’s chemotherapy isn’t going well. Sick kids. Ill pets. Life. Happens. And that’s why we love having you as RiDErs. Because you consistently show up and show out for yourselves, even when things get tough.
So, keep coming. But keep adding on, too. If you want change, you have to challenge yourself, turn up the tension, and push past discomfort to get to new personal bests. As in RiDE, so in life.
Visit PsychologyToday.com to check out therapists in your area. You can find someone based on race, gender, sexual orientation to “build” the perfect listening ear. And I know that even considering mental healthcare is a major feat. Finding a therapist is a lot like finding a romantic partner; you may have to try more than one before you find one that’s the right fit. Keep at it.
Lastly, if you’re a mental healthcare provider and would like to be listed as a service, please let us know and we’ll be sure to pass on your contact info.
Remember RiDE Tribe…we’ve got your front, back, side, and saddle.
See you soon!