In case today was a struggle for you, just know you are not alone. I feel we talk about mental health daily at this point in our house and adjust our schedule accordingly. Today Joseph said he was in the negative. I asked what he needed and his response was to go rollerblading “for at least 6 miles.” So after dinner, we went. 7.15 miles later and upon returning home he scored himself a 9 out of 10 for happiness.

During these unprecedented times, these days in our house are not normal. We used to check-in on our emotions and mental health periodically when behavior changes occurred… dig beneath the surface and figure out what is going on…identify it…name it. However as of late, we have needed to pivot from periodically, to daily. During this pandemic, we find ourselves going from content and joyful one day to a hard swing down depression lane the next. What I have found important in our family is not brush it under the rug. But bring it to light. Talk about it, name it, and try to figure out what our souls need to process it.

We are all in this together. Don’t push through ignoring what you need. Pause. Listen. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. It will make a positive impact while walking through these muddy waters.