A reflection on mental health by Shannon Tymosko

A reflection on mental health by Shannon Tymosko

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For so many people, 2022 was a long and hard year! It seems despite all the technology, privileges, and advancements in the world, as human beings, we are still struggling with challenges that hinder us from reaching our greatest potential.

I have struggled for years with anxiety, depression, paranoia, self-hatred, and so much more. 

By the end of 2022, I felt hopeless, helpless, afraid, and alone. I felt like I had hit rock bottom, and my brain was my biggest enemy.

Being in electrical has helped support my faith in energy and healing. If electrons can flow through wires to create energy, what is my brain creating by repeating negative thoughts (frequencies)?

Part of me has always believed our brains are much more capable than what we believe. Why do so many people heal from placebos? And so I have to believe it is possible to reverse all the negativity running through my brain.

I've always been an advocate for mental health, however, have always struggled to maintain a healthy mindset.

I know the benefits of a healthy diet, exercise, drinking water, and meditation, but I have never fully committed to working on myself.

People understand if your body is unhealthy, you must add exercise to help your physical health. However, when it comes to mental health, too quickly are medications prescribed with no exercises suggested.

I struggled and still struggled to sit in silence. Focusing on breathing and allowing my brain and body to relax was and is a challenge.

But my rock bottom was far from fun, and I needed to make a change. I needed to change my routines. I needed to start feeling/thinking more positively. I needed to obsess over the good instead of the bad.

It has taken me time, but I am slowly finding it easier to sit in silence, listen to my intuition, and change the chatter in my brain.

It has been hard; I still find it difficult every day; however, each day seems to be a little easier. I'm happy to say I am starting to crave silence and meditation and hope for happiness.

Today I wanted to celebrate my growth and share a technique. The times I struggle to silence my brain, I find a focus.

My go-to focus has been on my Chakras and healing. Visualizing each Chakra with its corresponding color, glowing brighter and clearer. I have heard wearing bright colors can help heal the Chakra. Today I dug out my brightest yellow shirt, my @utilityproworkwear work shirt, to match and help heal my Solar Plexus Chakra. 

Construction is a place you need to be aware of and have your wits to keep you safe and productive. And taking care of your mental health is the first step to keeping you and your team safe.

- Shannon Tymosko

Shannon is a Safety Alliance Brand Ambassador at Utility Pro. Learn more about her here.

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