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I have always believed that in order for one to grow, one must reflect on where they have been. But I also believe that that’s only the start of one’s personal growth. We must have the strength and courage to better ourselves and learn from our past. Fortunately for me, I have the will to at least try and face my demons.
Now, I have to be honest, it sounds like I have the ability to plow through depression’s powers each and every day. Man, I wish, not so. At least not all the time. Personally, I have learned to be good with that fact and work on improvement when I am able.The Road To Mental Wellness is made possible in part by readers like you… thank you for your support.
As it happens, I have spent the last few days hiding from the outside world; PTSD’s flashbacks can often throw me into a depressive episode. Thankfully, like always, I got through it, at least well enough to function outside the realm of isolation. I do so because I have the will and the resolve to keep moving forward.
As far as I’m concerned, going full tilt all the time is not a sign of dealing with a mental- health condition. Similarly, having an episode of continual mental pain is not the demise of your wellness journey.
No, I would argue that, like your body, the brain can tell you when you’ve exceeded your tolerance. The difference being, that rather than it being overly physical, you’ve had enough mentally.
So, if we accept this as true, that our mind knows the score, we can make it easier to embrace the episodes that take the wheel of life from time to time. So you can’t go to work, enjoy large parties and go for days with our passions. It’s okay if you can’t. You’re not like anyone else; just know that you will overcome your darker days, and when you feel better you’ll end up with the will to keep going. Simply pick up where you left off.
Check out the book I helped to write:
Lemonade Stand: Vol. III
Created by Josh Rivedal and Kathleen Myre, Lemonade Stand: Vol. III is a compilation of 20 stories from those who have served in the emergency services and the military. In it, the authors talk about their battles with PTSD, a debilitating and for many, a life-long mental illness. So, if you are from the military or emergency services, perhaps this book can help you combat the feelings of isolation and fear that frequently come with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes, just knowing that there are others out there, just like you, can provide you with the strength and courage to speak up and/or get the help you need. The intention of this book is to help with that…. You’re not alone.
Also, Lemonade Stand: Vol III was written to help combat the stigma that often accompanies mental illness – and best of all, it attempts to give all who served their countries and communities a voice… Which is amazing!
If you are struggling please go here for help: Crisis Services Canada
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