Path to Mental Healing

The path to mental healing is not an easy one to navigate through. It’s by no means a clear, well-maintained road. The terrain of mental illness is way too rough for it to ever be paved with a smooth blacktop of continual “happy.”

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Mental healing can be long and arduous.

Along this path there have been points where my mental pain has acted like thick overgrowth, forcing me to a slow crawl, sometimes on my belly. Regardless, I know I must carry on with this battle and not let my mental-health condition get the best of me.

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Like life in the physical world, the realm constructed out of our neurology has some debilitating moments. But, like life in the world that surrounds us, we also have mental moments where it’s nothing but clear sailing; our path is clear and free of the mental mess that sometimes trips us up. In these moments, we feel like we have reached our goal, we are finally healed. At least, this is how I feel when I experience those moments.

“Always remember, don’t pay attention to the naysayers; they have no idea what a mental illness battle is like. Only you know how you feel.”

The road to mental wellness and its accompanying pain is a consistent venture. One that anyone suffering any form of long-term pain can sympathize with. Prolonged discomfort digs away at our tolerance and takes a fast-walking, always-energetic individual down to a slow, barely-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other type of person. It’s as though they were thrown in a vat of molasses and asked to run to the ladder. They tire almost immediately.

Mental Illness and exhaustion

Mental illness is that vat of molasses, that thing that slows and exhausts the biggest go- getters, often robbing them of their positive disposition. This mental exhaustion is a devastating blow to what well-being remains. This understandably makes matters even more dire.

In my experience talking to others who are too sick to contribute to the world, not one of them, not one, has said “I’m sick but I’m thrilled to be at home”. Always remember, don’t pay attention to the naysayers; they have no idea what a mental illness battle is like. Only you know how you feel.

The focus? To get better. Or at least arrive at a point where you can reintegrate into a world that whizzes by you as though you are cloaked. We are invisible to them because they have zero emotional investment in our lives. Remember, you get to choose where you put your energy. Put it on those who care.

Ways to improve your mental health

So, a road to healing may seem daunting and impossible but working on you, despite that, is imperative. Clean eating, exercise and embracing those who know your worth will help you circumvent the tougher points. You can get better; some wounds never heal completely so always remember how far you’ve come.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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