Stability and peace.

All we want in life is stability and peace, a goal worth fighting for.

Sometimes, I like to think of myself as a character in a video game. Why? Because I’ve had my life slide through to the realm of the unknown, only to be respawned to life once more.

Of course, this isn’t reality in its truest sense. I nonetheless find it a good analogy for the ups and downs that are my adult life. I’m willing to guess that your life has periods of chaos…?

So then, let me explain. Mental illness has been my unwanted travel companion for years. While this is certainly true of my adult life, I have a sneaky suspicion that the same is also true of my childhood.

What’s worse, is the impact this unwanted man in my mind has had on my overall well-being. Its done best to sabotage any attempts I have made to live a life of stability and peace.

Life anew, again.

Sadly, my life has had little peace. Between my interior struggles and the exterior world that fuel my traumatic experiences, my life has been re-spawned several times. Hence, the video game analogy. I have fallen, only to rise again.

From relationship failures to multiple leaves from work – including the last leave that has landed me where I am today, diagnosed with PTSD and living on workers’ compensation – I have seen many aspects of my life wither and die. Similarly, I have also had multiple rebirth.

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While it would be inaccurate to blame it solely on my mental-health conditions, it is, nonetheless, the principal villain in my story – responsible for the several reboots I have had to make. Because of it, I have had several disruptions to my stability and peace.

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On the positive side, my comebacks, while temporary, have been triumphant. Filled with long periods of peace and stability. I keep making a comeback because of my unwavering philosophical approach: “Do whatever you have to, to get it done.”

Mental health healing requires action.

For instance, when I took my initial stress leave from work, I transformed my lifestyle to better manage my anxiety disorder. I put down the chips and adopted a healthy eating lifestyle; I got off the couch and hit the pavement running. Doing what I had to do moved me from the land of dysfunction and back to the land of the living.

While I have stumbled and failed many more times in my life, I, like the main character in a video game, was re-spawned into the game of life and just kept plugging away to beat the game. You can too… Just keep moving forward. You will eventually find your peace and stability.

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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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