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Mental Health Moment: You CAN take a break

As much as you may feel pressured not to, you can take a break and take some time to yourself whenever you need.

If you need a few minutes to calm down from a little stress, this video should be useful to you.

We all need a break in life

In my life, I’ve been pressured to do more things than I will ever remember. I’ve even consistently pushed myself to give up sleep to fulfill “obligations”. I have a feeling anyone reading this can say the same.

I’ve skipped out on things that would bring me joy in order to take care of something for someone else more times than I can count.

And while I do get joy from helping out others, it still can take a toll, and leave me needing some rest. 

It leaves me ⏤ much like everyone else ⏤ in need of a break from that stress. 

Breaks are not failures

I’ve heard many people put down taking a break or taking time to get yourself right. There’s this mentality, and I don’t know exactly where it comes from, that how we show strength is how much struggle we can take and keep chugging along. 

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but that’s a horrible way to live. 

Because if you’re constantly bottoming yourself out, you really have no idea how strong you can really be. 

You’re only using the muscles you need to simply hold on. You’re not building the ones strong enough to propel you forward. 

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Find your strength, then begin

When you start to feel yourself becoming drained, getting tired and skipping meals ⏤ stop doing what you’re doing and take time to find your strength again.

Take an hour to go on a walk through the woods or just around whatever area you’re in. 

You can even take just a few minutes to write down your thoughts and organize them so you can make sense of the chaos.

Take a moment to breathe and see the best path forward. 

You don’t have to rush toward “alright” when you can wait and build strength to reach “good”. 

There is Help

Vivent Health offers fentanyl test strips, so that users can determine the presence of fentanyl in other substances. For more information, call 262-657-6644.

Kenosha County Public Health also offers free training and supplies of Narcan, a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. For more information, visit or call 262-605-6741.

The Kenosha County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Center may be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 262-764-8555

The Kenosha County Crisis Hotline operated is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at 262-657-7188. Kenosha Human Development Services operates the hotline.

EP 14: Do what you can Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson

In this episode, I talk about how changing ones area of focus can make the difference between meaningfully addressing an issue or just giving up on trying to entirely. — Support this podcast:
  1. EP 14: Do what you can
  2. Ep. 13: The problem of being overly positive
  3. Ep. 12: 'Where have you been?'
  4. Ep. 11: 'Framing and Sobriety'
  5. Ep. 10: 'Loneliness is part of life.'

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