When the going gets though, the though get going. I love this phrase, it always made sense to me. When life gets you down, you have to pick yourself back up again. Struggling with mental health is 1 step forwards 2 steps back. But you have to keep pushing to get yourself through this. “Time doesn't heal. It’s what you do with the time. Healing is possible when we choose to take responsibility, when we choose to take risks, and finally, when we choose to release the wound, to let go of the past or the grief.”
Perseverance means “not giving up” or “hanging in there" until you get where you want to go or be. It could be a burdensome task or assignment. In my case, Perseverance means not giving up and being stubborn enough to do the things necessary for my recovery. To keep at it, In my times of hardship, even when everything appears beyond all hope.
Many people may have heard of PTSD, but few understand it. There is a lot of information about it, but this is sorely lacking from the human standpoint. We often associate PTSD with flashbacks or aggression. However, many people are unaware of the complex emotions and feelings of shame and inadequacy that torment those who suffer from it.
A person must have some if not all of these: at least one re-experiencing symptom, three avoidance symptoms, two detrimental changes in mood or cognition, and at least two hyperarousal symptoms for at least one month, in order to be diagnosed with PTSD. The individual's capacity to carry out daily tasks must be hampered by these symptoms.
Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something excessively and voluntarily, although knowing that it might have bad consequences. The name comes from Latin meaning "ahead," and "of tomorrow." It is frequently a habitual human behavior. It's a frequent human experience to put off mundane duties or even important tasks. Although it is commonly related with sadness, low self-esteem, shame, and feelings of inadequacy, it can also be a prudent response to some demands that may provide risky or undesirable results or necessitate waiting for fresh information.
The meanings of terror and panic largely overlap; however, terror implies the most extreme degree of fear. That makes me think I should start describing my panic attacks as actual terror attacks, not to be confused with terrorist attacks of course.
Staying cooped up inside your house for most of the days is very counterproductive. People with mental health problems tend to do worse when they have nothing to do. So, should you take a break? Should you go on a vacation while struggling with all the drama?
Some of those last posts hit very close to home. I had to take a break from looking inside and just write. Write to clear my head, write to stay busy. Also I wanted to share the way I was coping with all of this. Maybe it will help someone struggling with the same things. Maybe it won't. But it helped me and that's what this blog is all about.
Panic, anxiety and emotional outbursts are not really good examples of a person with a perfect mental health. But do they define you, or are they the things you have to overcome while working on your mental health?
Trying to find distraction so your mind can't play tricks on you. Most of the time it keeps the demons at bay. But what do I use to help me cope? I use several coping mechanisms: Keeping Busy, writing, making music video's, exercise and most importantly, Talk about it! Read all about my coping mechanisms below.
Talk about it, is what they say. It should help you. But where do you begin? Do you want to take them through the worst things you have experienced? Do you want to burden them?
Fear and Shame are the 2 biggest feelings I had/have. Fear that this might never go away and will stay this bad. And the feeling of shame that I somehow am failing my family...