Monday, August 29, 2011

Maat E's Mental Health Message

Count your blessings, good luck, second chances, windfalls or whatever form of grace you are given. In an instant life can not only change but it can end. Events like natural disasters give us reason to pause and reflect on life. Take time to give thanks for surviving, living or staying out of harms way. Focus on making the best of your time here on earth and putting forth your personal best in everything you do. Have a peaceful day.

Ma'at (Erica) Lewis, Ph.D.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Maat E's Mental Health Message

Go back to school!

It is time to learn something new. It dosen't matter if you are a toodler preparing for head start, a teen preparing for high school, a young adult going to college, a late bloomer or mature person reinventing yourself. It is time to learn something new, time to go back to school. Your classroom can be formal education or a life experience. Just open yourself to learning something new and let the lessons present themselves.
Ma'at E. L. Lewis

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Maat E's Mental Health Message

The main thing we have to fear in life is our own negative thoughts.

It is not what happens to us that we have to struggle with but our own thinking about what happens to us. When tragedy strikes or bad things happen it is natural that we feel pain, sadness, anger or frustration among other feelings, but it is important to note that thoughts are not the same as feelings. For example, if you lose your job it is natural to feel angry, sad or frustrated emotions. It is another thing to call yourself names or beat up on yourself with negative thoughts. The emotions will come the negative thinking does not have to follow. Replace negative self-talk with supportive affirming statements. We can do anything despite any of our shortcomings.

Ma'at (Erica) Lewis, Ph.D.