Sometimes a week or even a month passes before the urge to write again comes along. And that's ok. I write because it helps me. I do not write for anyone other than myself. Occasionaly my inspiration is somewhat lacking and I can go a whole month without writing or anything creative on my part. And that's ok too. I do what I can and thats enough!
None of us know wether or not our experiences will come back to haunt us in the future. Even if we did know. Would we let that stop us from helping someone, doing our job or just growing up? We do what we can with what we have at that moment and that's enough. Don't think about what can happen in the future. Just focus on the next 24 hours and do what you can, to get closer to where you want to be.
Working on your troubles is always a good thing. Even though it might be hard, you have to keep on moving and every step in the right direction counts. Even if they are just tiny baby steps or giant leaps. every step makes a difference. And if you need inspiration or motivation, just look behind you and see the trail all those tiny steps have made!
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?