Hang in there

What your wellness journey looks like can’t be compared to another’s. So, hang in there and celebrate your own successes.

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

Follow us

I’m sure you’ve had someone say to you, “Just snap out of it.” Or if not that one-liner, then something very similar to it. While we can do a lot to minimize the symptoms, for example, its pain doesn’t come with a shut-off valve.

Similarly, if you have found yourself saying some iteration of the above – please, stop doing it. Rarely is this going to be of any value to anyone with depression, for example.

Excluding a few sadists out there, most of your friends and family mean well, but lack the skills to help….That’s okay – that is, of course until it’s not. And that time is of course when they know better.

Regardless, understand that you are the one driving the bus. So, they might not get it. I can still guarantee you two things:

  1. There will be people who will “get it” and go that extra mile…. and
  2. Even your darkest moments will get lighter, pockets of joy will bubble to the surface, and you will eventually heal.

How to support someone with a mental illness

The secret? Hanging in there long enough for the rains and the mental aches and pains to subside. So, it may not feel like you will ever see normality again, and maybe you won’t. But…. you can! Don’t sit there and rot into the depressive episode; rather, make tiny moves towards victory….

For starters, you can listen to my audio blog, 5 ways to maximize your mental health HERE

Next, take incremental steps to rediscover your purpose. To further improve, you can let that purpose explode into a new passion. Trust me, this will be like ointment to an incurable wound, especially if you’re not working.

What I would like to point out here is that healing mentally is far different than, let’s say, healing from a cut. Mentally healing, for example, is far from linear and will only lead you to disappointment if that’s your expectation. Rather, the road to mental wellness is a continuum of sorts. So, hang in there.

Need help? Checkout our Mental Health Resources Page

Front and back cover of the road to mental wellness - 8 sings your relationship is hurting your mental health.
Want to get the complete Audiobook version Free! Go to our Homepage and use the Scriber form to receive our newsletter. Boom the book is yours.

So, some, for instance, will have a bout of diagnosable depression once in their lives, while others are treatment-resistant. If you’re one who has happened to be stricken with the former, your healing may have seemed straightforward. I sought therapy, took my meds, and made some lifestyle changes that helped.

While this is the case for many, others, however, have a longer road to travel. Nonetheless, it’s important to seek therapy, take medications, and make changes to improve your health.

For those of us who seem to be on the more treatment-resistant side of things, it won’t always feel like we are improving. However, as long as we keep moving forward, we are increasing our odds and, in some sense, we are improving.

Say you’ve committing to walking more. This, despite feeling like bed is the best place for you. Isn’t this a form of improvement? What’s more, if you keep moving, you will reap the benefits of your commitment.

Stop by my podcast #thewellnesstalks and give me a follow

So, hang in there, friend – your healing journey is as unique as you are. Focus on the little things that you accomplish and celebrate every step of the way!

Follow us

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, #thewellnesstalksHe 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.

Please leave a comment and tell us what you liked about what you read.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.