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Embracing Resilience!

As I approach nearly 12 years since surviving a suicide attempt, I reflect on the profound journey of recovery and resilience. This experience has taught me the critical importance of prioritizing mental health year-round, not just during designated awareness months like May. Each day is an opportunity to nurture our well-being and embrace life’s joys, challenges, and milestones.

Recently, I’ve celebrated significant milestones in my personal life, witnessing the growth and achievements of my children. My eldest son reached the milestone of turning 27 this year, marking a period of pride and reflection as I witness his journey into adulthood. Additionally, my 18-year-old is on the brink of graduating high school and embarking on an exciting journey as a NCAA Division 2 Football player for the East Central University Tigers in the fall. These moments highlight the beauty of life’s possibilities and reinforce the importance of staying mentally resilient.

Amidst life’s ups and downs, it’s crucial to emphasize the value of mental health. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s a fundamental aspect of overall wellness. It involves acknowledging our struggles with self-compassion, being present in the moment through mindful living practices, and seeking support when needed. These practical steps are not merely suggestions but essential tools for navigating life’s complexities.

Self-compassion is the foundation of mental well-being. By treating ourselves with kindness and understanding, we create a nurturing inner environment that supports growth and healing. Mindful living encourages us to engage fully with our experiences, fostering a deeper appreciation for life’s richness. Whether through meditation, deep breathing, or simply being attuned to our surroundings, mindfulness cultivates resilience and presence.

Furthermore, seeking support is a courageous act that acknowledges our interconnectedness. It reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles. Whether reaching out to a trusted friend, seeking therapy, or joining a support group, connecting with others can provide invaluable resources and perspectives.

In closing, let’s remember that healing is a continuous journey—a brave and beautiful path of self-discovery and growth. May we celebrate our progress, honor our resilience, and always prioritize our mental health. Together, let’s inspire and uplift one another, fostering a community where self-love and healing are cherished year-round. Your life is precious, and your mental well-being deserves unwavering attention and care.

by BeeInspiredTalk

Bee Smith is a Humanitarian of the 21st Century! She Is An International Two-Time Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker, Multi Media Personality, and Lifestyle Inspiratory. Well known for her dynamic personality and high-impact presentations, she is a tireless community leader, advocate, spokesperson, mentor and educator. She has served as a local Board member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), IMALIVE.Org, and is the Founder of the Positive Imagination Mentoring Group for students and business professionals. Since Surviving Suicide, she passionately serves as a Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Advocate using her experiences as a beacon of hope for those battling depression and mental illness. She is the Creator “#BeeInspired Talks”, a series of Community Events focused on Depression and Suicide Awareness including and up to prevention measures, bringing hope and light to those suffering in silence. Have you seen her? Yes, you probably have! You can catch her on both local and national TV and Livestream segments offering commentary with a joyful smile and captivating energy! Using her gifts to shine the light on the dark subjects and silence the stigma is the icing on the cake for a life almost lost because of no hope! She believes that living a life full of joy is a choice and a gift. A prize we receive every time we open our eyes!


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