Mental Health

Give yourself permission to be happy.

We tend to put our happiness on hold till when time is right.  but we need to stop and give yourself permission to be happy.

Give yourself permission to be happy – By Joyce Wanjiru. A Mental Health advocate and warrior! We are thrilled to have her as our newest collaborative writer.

There’s something magical that happens when we give ourselves permission to be happy, despite what we may be facing right now.

Truth is, the way we were raised and the influence of our society has us often looking for permission to do things. As children, we asked for permission to ride our bikes, go out to play, go see our friends etc. This shaped our adult life, and we tend to hold onto doing things because we feel there is a higher authority that has power over our happiness.

Furthermore, we also tend to put our happiness on hold till when the time is right.  We tend to hold off doing things we love, living in the moment, enjoying things and people around us, because we feel it’s not the time to be happy.

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The truth is, there will never be a better time to be happy Today is the day.

When living with a mental-health condition especially, it can be tough to see the brighter side of life. The pain can have you forget about your happiness and things that bring you joy. We feel like our happiness has been switched off.

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Written by Joyce Wanjiru

On the other hand, many of us worry that we are too young, or don’t have the right degree, or don’t have the right experience, or we are living with a condition, when all we’re really doing is getting in the way of our own happiness.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental-health blogger, writer, Wellness coach and published author – appearing 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 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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What we need is a mind shift. It’s okay to want happiness. It’s not selfish to want to live your best life. Furthermore, it’s perfectly acceptable to want to live a more authentic, intentional life – actually, it’s more than acceptable. I think it’s vital. It’s what we’re all looking for at the end of the day: happiness, or joy, fulfillment, or whatever that word is for you.

Although Joyce may be a world away from The Road To Mental Wellness, she is close to our hearts here for her tireless advocation for all things mental wellness.

If you are struggling, please go here for help: Crisis Services Canada

Today, I challenge you to give yourself permission to be happy. Go do the things you once loved but put on hold for the “right time.” Go dream, travel, go ahead and get into that relationship, start that business. Your happiness awaits, so don’t keep it waiting.

Joyce Wanjiru

Joyce Wanjiru is a passionate mental health advocate and the Founder of Impart a Generation, which is a Mentorship program that seeks to address mental health issues in children and adolescence.
Her passion in mental health advocacy and Mentorship programs is drawn from her growing up in Kibra which is the largest slum in Kenya. Joyce watched her mother struggle with depression and at some point almost taking her life and that of her children using rat poison. This would later affect Joyce, and she struggled with anxiety and panic attacks through high school.

Checkout the article below by Jonathan Arenburg

One Thing We Can Get Better At

Ah, the hustle and bustle of modern life; From chasing kids around to getting them off to school, to meeting that work deadline: the world, or so it seems, doesn’t care about your needs. Yet, despite this, you still give everything and everyone your very best.

While you go at the speed of a supercar, only stopping when your head hits the pillow, what support are you getting? Do you secretly feel like you’re coming apart from the inside out?

“I don’t want to be a burden to my family or my friends” is a comment I hear all too often. Yet, the world is using those who feel this way, correct? If this is true, then you deserve some support too. It’s okay to think of you too.

Moreover, you need to have the courage to ask for said support. Super tough, though, right? Well, as much as I’d like my own reluctance to be the reason I don’t always get the help I need, it is, in reality, but one factor.

How to ask for emotional support when you need it


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