Walking towards the sirens

Walking Towards The Sirens – As of late I have been in worse mental shape than I have been in years.

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

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As of late I have been in worse mental shape than I have been in years. While the source of this mental pain remains somewhat unknown to me, I can only guess that it is an accumulation of the s*** storm that has been my life quite some time.

With that said, I am still trying to make every effort to plow my way through the pain, a pain that weighs as heavy as lead. One of my solutions for this morning was to find a beautiful trail and walk it, giving nature my full attention. October is a beautiful time of year in Nova Scotia. The leaves are set ablaze with vibrant reds and beautiful yellows. On this trail, the trees and their brilliant colours lined both sides of the gravel pathway. I was fortunate to lay my eyes on a blue herring on my travels.

Benefits of walking in nature

While attempting to write the ship, so I can carry on with a good day, off in the distance sirens broke the beauty that surrounded me and sent a chill of fear tingling down my spine. Impossible to remain in the now.

But somehow, I mustered up the strength to walk towards the sirens and carry on with my objective. A feeling that is ever more vindicating, to keep moving forward despite the piercing and dominating wail of the sirens.

You see, in order that you may have some semblance of a normal life, you must keep walking towards the sirens, head held up high and determination in your heart. Are you going to be able to summon the strength every day, every time? Not likely. Is this a sign that you are losing the battle? Absolutely not!

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The Importance of Self-care

It’s normal with PTSD that in one instance you will be able to walk towards the sirens, while at other times, you will turn and run. Furthermore, it may take you out for the rest of the day. My friends, it’s not the end. Simply take the day off from the noise of the world and relax – you’ve earned it.

Ultimately, we need to keep going. While this is true, it is no secret for those suffering mental illness, that doing so is painful. That’s why downtime is essential; it’s like a reset, so we can recharge and live the life we are able to live. PTSD equals, the days of going full-tilt are gone. But despite this, you are the only one who can further disable yourself. Find New Passions, insert goals and work toward them. A sense of purpose will keep you moving forward when walking towards the sirens.

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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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