When I reflect back on my life, when I recall the really hard times, I think about how I was mere moments away from a breakthrough. If I was worried about a lack of work, I would get an assignment a few days later. If I was feeling upset and lonely, a friend would call that I needed to talk to. Sometimes ambiguity and uncertainty were hours away from answers. I just needed the patience and faith to wait those difficult times through.

Although it’s a struggle to see hope in the midst of heartache, sorrow and pain, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, I am certain you already walked through that door before. This week take some time and reflect on your darkest moments and then think about how you were able to get through it. Maybe the memory of your past struggles and how you overcame them will give you the courage and inspiration to help you deal with the mountain that you’ve come across now.

In the meantime, be kind to yourself. Take some time out for you. And end your week feeling inspired with these top posts.

Using Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder

(Bipolar Beat) – On the Oprah show the other day, actress Shirley MacLaine said, “Everyone’s experiencing this speed, speed, speed and they don’t know what to do about it.” One thing we can all do including those with bipolar disorder is learn to be more mindful. This popular post talks about mindfulness and how it’s being used to help treat depression and manage bipolar disorder.

The 24 Hour Mini-Mindful Moment Challenge

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – We dare you take several mini moments for you today! This 24 hour mini-mindful challenge is all about taking time to connect, check-in and return to yourself. Are you up for the challenge?

How to Make a Psychologically Healthy Workplace (Video)

(Channel N) – This is a five minute video you need to watch. It holds key solutions for employers on ways to make the workplace a healthier, happier and less stressful environment.

How Can Anger Help You Live a More Meaningful Life?

(The Therapist Within) – Why is anger such a scary emotion? The Therapist Within looks at how we can begin to separate “danger” from “anger,” and instead use it to help use reveal our unconscious desires and hidden wants.

The Irony of Meditation; If it Feels Like Torture, It’s Working

(ADHD in Focus) – Anyone who has ever started meditation can and will relate with this post. ADHD in Focus’s Kathryn Goetke shares the difficult experience one can face when learning to meditate.