Brush Your Teeth

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If all you accomplished today was getting out of bed, I need you to know I’m proud of you. Society has beaten it in to us that if we aren’t successful, if we aren’t out there hustling, if we aren’t making tons of money, we are failures.

I’m here to tell you that for some of us, when we are struggling, just getting out of bed is like climbing Mount Everest. Depression and anxiety can rob you of all your energy. It can take your will to even move or to live. The negative spiral and lack of energy can be debilitating. So for some of us, getting out of bed is the days major accomplishment

I have been there. There were times where getting out of bed and getting in the shower felt like I was never going to get there. I remember a particular time when I was struggling and a friend called me. She said to me all I want you to do today is brush your teeth. That’s it, nothing else. She kept repeating it over and over, just go brush your teeth. It was a task that I wasn’t even sure that I could get done. As I laid there contemplating how I was going to sum up the energy to even brush my teeth an amazing thing happened. I did it. Next thing I know I was in the shower, then I was dressed. Things were starting to snow ball, next thing I knew I was living again, barely, but I was living. It was an amazing life lesson for me.

So my advice, simplify it. Think of nothing else other than brushing your teeth. If that’s all you got done for the day, be proud of that accomplishment.

Thing is once you do that, you can push a little more, then a little more. Next thing you know you’re moving and things are happening.

And if that’s all you have that day, that’s all you have. Do not be ashamed or embarrassed. You have a mental health issue, a serious illness. It’s not an excuse, but we don’t tell the person with a broken leg to go run a marathon. We get them healthy one step at a time. Through rehab, physical therapy, small victories one at a time.

Mental health is no different. One moment at a time, one step at a time. Rehab, therapy, and a path to healing.

Mental health is health, so when you are ready, just get up and brush your teeth.

 

You got this,

Corey

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A former NHL goaltender, NHL goaltending coach, and Olympic silver Medallist, Corey Hirsch was featured in an article in the Players Tribune opening up about his struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder while on the rise to a promising career in the NHL. He has since Dedicated himself to ending the stigma of mental health and becoming the National Youth Ambassador for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

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