The inner wars.

The Inner Wars inside may seem more powerful than you, but if you embrace the supports available, you can take back some of your power.

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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So, here I am, up early for yet another morning. Sleep and I, we’re not exactly getting along as of late. What else is new? How it longs to have my nightmares be a thing of pure fiction. Alas, they were chiselled into my brain in real time.

What’s worse, is that as they interfere with my sleep more and more, my resilience falls victim to the insomnia they create. My sleep is so violent, my sheets are often tied in knots around me. Such as life, I suppose.

Though my eyes are heavy, and my mind shrouded in fog, I am still determined to win the inner wars. In my fire-service years, I was no stranger to overcoming adversity while working through exhaustion. I use that as the benchmark to keep going. Luckily, I had a team around me that I could depend on, and they could depend on me too.

The importance of support when battling mental illness.

No huge emergency nor great personal battle can be overcome without the support required to make the difference that is needed. That’s why those with mental illness do better when they accept the support that is available to them. It can be tough to say, “I need help.” But if you are to win the inner wars, you must understand that you cannot do it alone.

So, in my view, the turning point in any healing journey is the point where one embraces their sickness. Furthermore, it is made easier by turning to those who you know will support you best.

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While it’s true that these two factors go a long way in the battle, it is still your fight. And because it is your own personal battle, you must initiate and communicate what you need. A scary prospect – but in my experience, building support around you can make all the difference.

If we swallow our pride and work past our fears, we shall eventually overcome. While we may never be completely cured, we can get to a place where we can manage a life that is not ruled by the inner wars.

Time isn’t the deciding factor in recovery; it’s the plan one executes over that time that truly heals.

Jonathan Arenburg Author of the book, The Road To Mental Wellness

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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, #thewellnesstalks He 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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