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Don’t you think it’s time?

Got a mental illness? Is it ruling your life? Luckily, there are many things to try. So, with that said, don't you think it's time?

Got a mental illness? Tired of it ruling your life? Well, fear not – there are so many things to try to make your life better – you and I aren’t stuck. Don’t you think it’s time to try?

Got a mental illness? Ever wish you could conjure up a magic potion that would dissolve the pain caused by said illness? If so, you’re not alone.

I myself have made it a three-year mission to find some relief. And I have the obsessive thoughts to prove it. With that said, I will skip most of them and share my favorite one. Ready? Warning! I have a bit of a unique perspective on ways to solve problems. But hey, they just might work!

In my odd and ever-running mind, I have often thought “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was something like Alka-Seltzer for depression, anxiety or PTSD? Just two tabs, plop them in a glass of water and boom! mental pain gone! I know, we could call all it, “angst away.” Sadly however, I’d need extra strength.

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While the intro to this post is somewhat silly, the persistent and often debilitating symptoms of a mental-health condition are serious business.

However, it’s not always a prison sentence. While severity depends on a number of factors – like treatment-resistance illness and genetics, we can still do whatever we can to try and improve the quality of our lives. I believe we are truly imprisoned by our neurology only when we give up on ourselves. “Let’s keep trying and see if something works.” While relentlessly seeking resolution can be daunting, the “keep trying” approach at least provides one with a chance.

“But I’m overwhelmed.”

Hey, if you’re feeling the weight of, “where do I start?” don’t you worry, I consider this normal. Mental illnesses like anxiety for example have a way of withering away our tolerance. It’s ok.

First of all, we need to do our homework. So, in other words, we need to put in the work to find what’s been shown to help.

Thankfully, you and I are living in a time of great scientific discovery.  And the data has not only been repeatable as per the scientific method – it’s pretty clear.

One area that is a lifesaver for me is exercise. While it may not be desired when one is depressed, for example, it none the less can have surprising benefits.

Even though the science is very promising, it is not absolute. So, many will see improvement, while some will experience only marginal result. And less still, they may feel they aren’t getting any.

Still, it’s worth giving exercise a good honest go before you decide that it’s not for you.

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Even though this can be true for some, it’s important not to let depression speak and say, “See – it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work for some. I just know I’ll be one of those who see zero benefit.” If this is your immediate thought, it’s worth exploring in therapy. Why? Because the fact is, you’ve never tried it and therefore, don’t really know. It may in fact be depression or even anxiety.

Thankfully, this is but one of many ways to quell the powers of mental disorders; maybe one must incorporate a cleaner diet for example.

So, what’s the point here? Firstly, there is no magic spell, pill, or any other thing of the sort. All you’ve got is you, the demanding work, and the exceptionally large potential to improve your journey as you move down the road to mental wellness. Don’t you think it’s time for a better you?

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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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