What are the key ingredients to living a long and mentally-healthy life? In this post, you will discover my recipe for a good life. What do you think?
Wow, can you believe the road to mental wellness has been around for three years? I know I find it hard to believe. I am happy about its accomplishments. Chief among them is the feedback I receive. “You’re helping more people than you know.” A statement I hear from others often.
What’s more, is the people who write me randomly. Their emails, DMs, and other messages are very humbling. “You’ve helped me so much, thank you.” or “I read your latest post and I really needed to hear that today.” Just knowing I’m making a difference makes this venture so worthwhile.
So, to all those who have reached out – thank you! I wish you a long and mentally-healthy life.
We can all strive to live a mentally happy life.
What’s so amazing about the mental wellness road I have walked upon is the relationships I have forged. I can’t believe the number of good souls there are in the world – you all keep me going! What’s equally amazing has been my ability to keep this blog up and running. I’m not going to lie, there have been more than a few moments where I have almost shut it down. But!!!! Then what would I do?
Whilst its true, I have almost surrendered to Depression’s mindset, I have realized this: In order one to live a long and mentally happy life, they must have three things:
Passion, purpose, and human connection
Firstly, passion. We all need a reason to get out of bed in the morning and thankfully, I discovered mine while I was at my mental worst. And you’re reading it. The Road To Mental Wellness got me up more often than I would have at that time. I was lost, wracked full of depression and traumatic symptoms.
Equally scary for me was seeing a future of nothing; I literally saw nothing but dark. Was I going back to work? Was I not? How would I pay my bills and look after my children? I think it’s safe to say, that it didn’t look good.
Yet, despite these fears, I had this blog. I had a reason to make coffee in the morning, to get dressed, and banging away on the keyboard became my purpose.
As if blogging weren’t enough, I found another reason to get have my morning cup of get-up-and-go. My book, The Road To Mental Wellness. I have a long history with mental illness and having been successful at finding ways to manage it, I decided to write it out. Where did it all start? How did I end up in the shape I’m in today? And the most important question of all: How can my story help others?
Lastly, but just as important, is the human-connection element. I have been so incredibly lucky to have so many people in my life who have helped keep me alive – and with that, my passion and purpose. I can only imagine what it must be like to have a mental illness and have to go it alone. For me, support has been my saviour – thanks so much to everyone I love.
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As far as I’m concerned, these three things – passion, purpose, and connection – are the essential ingredients for living a long and mentally-healthy life. And if you add a cleaner diet, exercise, and good sleep to the mix, you can indeed live again.