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 Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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