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But Is It Really That Bad Of A Thing?

Let's face it, mental health conditions suck. But, is it really that bad of a thing? Can we channel our energy to make a difference?

Let’s face it, mental-health conditions suck. But is it really that bad a thing? Can we channel our energy to make a difference?

So your mind is a super car, always at full throttle and constantly pushing you to the point of fatigue? If yes, let me ask you something: “How do you feel about that?” Mental illness can sure make this ever-running engine feel as though it will destroy itself one day. I know it feels that way to me.

But is it really that bad a thing? Or can it be a sign of an unrecognized strength? Don’t get me wrong – mental illness is debilitating and very painful, and while it has to see, it has everything to do with this unrelenting brain of ours.

However, despite this, my mind’s constant bombardment of thoughts have given me some pretty great ideas. Like this blog, for instance. There are times when I feel like I’m a never-ending idea factory.

And since my never-ending wheel of ideas borders obsessiveness, writing is a great positive outlet because it allows me to channel my passions – which are the better bulk of what I consume my time over. Essentially, I love trying to make a difference. Blogging and book writing: that’s what helps me focus.

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Ah, good old anxiety, what a crappy feeling. Am I right? While I will admit that I could live without its symptoms, it has been a tremendous help for me as I try to rescue my future. For instance, my book, The Road To Mental Wellness, (hopefully due out by the end of the year), had me thinking – okay, obsessing – about exactly how I wanted to market it. In fact, I have had a plan ever since I wrote the first chapter. In this instance, my passion for helping others, writing and my anxious mind have fused together to be a strength. Thank you, Anxiety! Such a weird thing to say.

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For those who are regular readers, thank you. BTW, they know that I often say; “You have a choice where you put your energy, even if it’s limited.” So, where are you going to put your energy? Will you let your mental health condition rule you, or will you use it to drive you towards your purpose?

I’m rooting for you. Jonathan.

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Jonathan Arenburg.
Jonathan Arenburg.

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental-health blogger, writer, and published author, appearing in the i’Mpossible’s Projects Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental Health Talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has 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 addiction’s counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years to 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 book “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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2 comments

  1. I agree. There are good things and bad about having a mind that seems to go a mile a minute. I personally try and latch on to when my mind is creatively charged and when it’s on a low I just let myself be okay with that.

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