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Mental Health Awareness in the Office

My name is Sarah Martinez and I am the Operations Director here at FinDec. I want to share with all of you a letter I wrote about struggling with mental health issues, especially this past year with everything that has happened in the world. While it hasn’t been easy, I have been fortunate to find a silver lining in all the chaos. What I found is the importance in focusing on two things; take care of yourself and prioritize your mental health and surround yourself with supportive people. It is so important to talk about the things you’re struggling with, especially if it is affecting your work. I’ve been very fortunate to work with such supportive and understanding people at FinDec, and it has really helped me manage and overcome the obstacles that come with mental health. So, if you learn anything from my letter, I hope it is that you will continue to grow if you allow yourself to. Wishing everyone a healthy end to a year for the books.

Dear 2020,

What a year you have been. With the pandemic, distance learning, people losing their jobs, others working from home, or employers who are struggling to keep employees during this time, this year has been a lot. While some people are trucking through life this year, there are others who are having a much harder time. I am one of those people.

As we hit November, I am reminded that I am not alone. Mental Health Awareness is extremely important, especially in a time like this. We are not only facing our daily battle with our mental health, but now this. You feel as if you are a storm overhead of everyone around you, just making matters worse, and you may feel alone. All you want is to be the fire dancing around those who love you, radiating heat and light. I want to tell you — that idea is not so farfetched. In fact, I bet you already are that fire and you are the only one who can’t see it.

During this time, it is so important to have tools in your toolbox to help you get through. Whether it is using friends and family to vent to or taking some personal days to deflect, you need to find what will get you to the next step and continue growing. Is it a church that you need? Or, a therapist that can help you find the proper tools to manage life?

Your mental health journey is your own. I am only here to remind you that you are not alone. Not just during this pandemic, but every day here after. And there are people out there who can help you take the steps to not sit and let the illness devour you. Only you can reach out though, and only you can try to take the next step into living the happiest life you possibly can.

During this pandemic, I have had multiple periods where I reverted back to depression, anxiety, and feeling like the world was too overwhelming. I soon found that the old tools I had weren’t working. I whipped them out of my back pocket, just to find it didn’t fix the problem I had in front of me. The pandemic has not been kind, sure, but it has helped me remember something extremely important. My mental health journey is going to change like the tides in the ocean. Not one episode is the same as the other as the years go. You need to get new tools, better tools, and stronger tools.

We never stop growing. We never stop advancing, unless we want to. So, my little flames, let’s feed you some wood and see how bright you can really shine.

Sincerely,

Sarah Martinez

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