Anchor Points

We all need anchor points in our lives, those who #love and care for our well-being. Find out who and what they are.

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If you were to ask me what my number one reason to continue my battle with #mentalillness is, I would have to say, those I love. Or as I like to call them, one of my main Anchor points.

What are anchor points, you ask? Well, they are those elements in my life that keep me working on my wellness journey. In other words, I am anchored to them. And that’s a get thing.

For example, my children are a huge anchor point for me. They make me “feel” and thereby, give me a reason to go to the next #therapy appointment.

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In fact, family in general are a good reason to remain on the road to mental wellness. I am one lucky guy because I have had great support over the years. And I am grateful.

I refer to the things that keep me here as anchor points because I am, well, anchored to them. Make sense? My family are my biggest anchors; however, they aren’t the only ones.

So, within the category of “reasons to keep fighting,” are many things. They include friends, therapists, and exercise, for example. So, in short, anchor points are anything you find a #passion and #purpose for.

For me, writing is a huge passion for me. While it might not be for everyone, it has been such a strong anchor that I have incorporated it into my life; A great plan, considering I can’t work due to PTSD.

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Even though I find writing cathartic, it does more than that for me. Not only does it give me a routine of sorts, but it also gives me flexibility. I may not always be up to the task of working, because of a depressive episode, for example, but nonetheless it’s always there. See? An anchor point.

So, what are your Anchor points?

First off, if you are drawing a blank, that’s ok. Often our mental disorder gets in the way. If, for example, you have low inhibition because of depression, finding anchor points will be tough.

It’s for this reason that I suggest that you go to therapy. A skilled therapist can help guide you into a better mode of clarity. Further, you can read up on the latest #science that shows what are the most beneficial things one can do to improve their Our Mental Well-Being.

Why is this important? Finding things that help you heal can become anchor points. For instance, exercise can help improve overall heath and has shown to improve mental health. Therefore, one can argue, that it is something everyone should do. But as a bonus – it can become an anchor point. Something to lean into to help you live a better life.

It’s worth noting that I have met some people who say, “exercise won’t work for me.” Id like to challenge this notion by saying that while you are an individual, your psychophysiology is not that different. Therefore, you will see some benefit from exercise. Moreover, it’s far more likely that a person is

  1. Not wanting to exercise. Or
  2. Is being overtaken by Depression’s mindset.

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Lastly, I want you to think about all the things, big or small, that make you happy. Whatever these things are for you, latch onto them and allow them to be your reason to keep going.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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