By Kim Dillon
Certified EPT Practitioner
Relief Thru EPT, LLC
I thought this topic to be fitting for Mental Health Month, because many of us are going through big changes right now. It seems life has turned the page into a new chapter for many of us. Here are some ways to do well in the midst of big change:
• Break down the task that looks daunting into manageable pieces. “Slow & steady wins the race,” as the Aesop Fable “The Tortoise & the Hare” teaches us. Take it step-by-step, & pretty soon, it’s all completed.
• “Just keep swimming” as Dory showed us in “Finding Nemo.” When fear freezes you up, start the best you can; sometimes that’s all that’s needed. A parked car is harder to get moving than one that’s already moving. Do your best.
• Realize that doing your best is all you can do, & it is enough. Anyone wanting more than that of you is asking more than is possible to give. Your best is enough.
• Many times when something going on is intense, it often feels like it’s going to last forever; realize it probably won’t.
• Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Because the unknown is what seems insurmountable, while the known may even be more manageable than you thought.
• Have a big decision to make? With your Significant Other, each of you make a pros & cons list for each side of the decision, and then talk it over. With which option does your & their peace lie? Repeat several times in your quiet place. The answer will become obvious.
• Pray & meditate on the Serenity Prayer: “God/Source, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can, & the wisdom to know the difference.” So many times we waste energy on things we can’t change.
• Find a trusted emotional healthcare provider that you work well with & helps you reach your goals. Receiving emotional healthcare shouldn’t have a stigma.
One of my mottos is “Why carry burdens when you don’t have to?” Receiving emotional healthcare is a way to be stronger, reach higher goals, let go of burdens, get past blocks, & go further than you could by yourself. Especially with working through big changes, it’s good to have some support. The Beatles got it right when they sang, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”
Kim has lived in Huntsville for over 36 years with her rocket scientist-husband, John. They have three kids, two grandkids, & one fur-baby, Benny, their miniature poodle, who thinks he’s a cat.