Mental Health

A reason to get out of bed


Have mental illness but managing it well? What’s been a good reason to get out of bed? For me, writing my book gave me purpose!

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Geez, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and write. Oh, how I’ve missed that. In fact, it’s been so long, that I feel odd doing it. However, it is my absolute favorite part of what I do. Well, second. My first? Talking with and helping others….. That’s my real joy.

With all that said, some of you may be wondering where the heck I’ve been. We, those in the mental health advocacy realm, know that sometimes, some of us disappear – stricken as we are with a mental-illness episode.

But… fortunately, this is not so for me; at least it’s not the entire story. Whlie it’s true, I have been feeling a level-eight stretch of a post-traumatic tirade, I have also been up to something else, something I hope will really impact others.

Read: When ambition meets PTSD

So, what’s this “other thing” I’ve been too busy to write for my amazing readers/followers? Well, it’s my book, The Road To Mental Wellness – The book – IT’S FINALLY DONE! After three years and a strenuous learning curve, The Road To Mental Wellness – the book – is ready for you! The reader!

Well, It’s my new book of course, The Road To Mental Wellness. Man! What a ride! As if being mentally ill wasn’t bad enough, I took on this project that I had grossly underestimated. As it should happen, I would play a game of hide-then-go-write… In other words, I spend sooo much time in the darkness; being overtaken by both the dark of my mind and the literal darkness. Yes, over the years, I have gotten to know well that tiny light that comes through my window. Darkness, in either form, is not a good friend to have.

And even though it took three years to complete, it turns out that it was the best thing I could have done for myself. Firstly, I could pick away at it when I was mentally strong enough. Whether that meant I wrote a sentence one week or five pages at a time. Regardless, it provided me with life-saving purpose…

Secondly, it did so by giving me a reason to get out of bed. I wholeheartedly believe that one can’t heal remaining idle. So, this book is what I consider to be the first kilometer of my new road, The Road To Mental Wellness.

Take a trip down my mental wellness road and find yourself as you learn to overcome your own life-long battle with mental illness. – Expectation

So, I authored my book for therapeutic release and published it in hopes that it will help others. And…. I did it! Despite all the depressive episodes, and regardless of being taken out of commission by nightmares and sleepless nights, I did it! Proving to me one thing – no matter how limited your energy may be, you have a choice where you put it.

The one word I credit with its success? Purpose! Finding it gave me a reason to get out of bed.


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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