You’ll Be Okay My Friend

You are always worth way more than you think you are. You’ll be okay, my friend. Don’t let the negative script of mental illness defeat you.

You’ll Be Okay My Friend, Updated Aug 9, 2022

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So, how are you feeling today? Are you good? Or do you feel like you have nothing left to give? Either way, its ok. Really, whether your energy is high, or you have barely enough to lift your head, you are you.

However, when Depression Speaks or anxiety, or any mental health condition, it often lies. Take anxiety, for instance. Many people feel as though they are going to die – a deep-down “calling,” almost, that they just “know it to be true.”

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Yet, despite this, they go years and years living. Why? Because anxiety lies. Well, sort of. Since our anxiety comes from our fight-fright-or-freeze response in our brains, we are primed to be on high alert, prompting us to feel like we are under threat. So, it makes sense to me that many people feel as though they are going to pass away when they are anxious.

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The good news? When the feeling of dread starts to take centre-stage in my head, I think, “Oh, hello there, anxiety disorder.” I use it as a mental-illness episode detector. This has proven to be an effective tool because I can then deploy my coping tools. Like mindfulness, exercise and rest. What tips me off? While I know I can die, most times death is unpredictable, so when I feel certain I will pass, I know my thoughts are essentially flawed.

So, in short, you’ll be okay my friend. Just remember when our symptoms are high, so too are our negative thoughts. It’s good to learn those key one-liners that can trap us into remaining idle, into thinking that we’re not worthy of love, and that we are a burden. None of these are the case, but when in those moments, we swear they are true… They are not!

You are always worth way more than you think you are. You’ll be okay, my friend.

Jonathan Arenburg – The Road To Mental Wellness

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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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