I have the will

I have the will

I have the will to try and optimize my life, I know you do too.

I have always believed that in order for one to grow, one must reflect on where they have been. But I also believe, that’s only the start of one’s personal growth. We must have the strength and courage to better ourselves and learn from our past. Fortunately for me, I have the will to at least try and face my demons.

Now, I have to be honest, it sounds like I have the ability to plow through depression’s powers each and every day, Man I wish, not so. At least not all the time. Personally, I have learned to be good with that fact and work on improvement when I am able.

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As it happens, I have spent the last few days hiding from the outside world; PTSD’s flashbacks can often throw me into a depressive episode. Thankfully, like always, I got through it, at least well enough to function outside the realm of isolation. I do so because I have the will and the resolve to keep moving forward.

I have the will
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Self-care tips when in a depressive episode.

As far as I’m concerned, going full tilt all the time is not a sign of dealing with a mental health condition. Similarly, having an episode of continual mental pain is not the demise of your wellness journey.

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No, I would argue that, like your body, the brain can tell you when you’ve exceeded your tolerance. The difference being, that rather than it being overly physical, you’ve had enough mentally.

So, if we accept this as true, that our mind knows the score, we can make it easier to embrace the episodes that take the wheel of life from time to time. So you can’t go to work, enjoy large parties and go for days with our passions, It’s ok if you can’t, you’re not like anyone else; just know that you shall overcome your darker days and when you feel better you’ll end up with the will to keep going. Simply pick up where you left off

Checkout the book I helped to write:

Lemonade Stand: Vol. III 

Created by Josh Rivedal and Kathleen Myre, Lemonade Stand: Vol. III is a compilation of 20 stories from those who have served in the emergency services and the military.  In it, the authors talk about their battles with PTSD, a debilitating and for many, a life-long mental illness.  So, if you are from the military or emergency service’s, perhaps this book can help you combat the feelings of isolation and fear that frequently comes with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes, just knowing that there are others out there, just like you, can provide you with the strength and courage to speak up and or get the help you need. The intention of this book is to help with that…. You’re not alone.

Also, Lemonade Stand: Vol III was written to help combat the stigma that often accompanies mental illness, best of all, it attempts to give all you served their countries and communities a voice… Which is amazing!

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Stronger Than You Think

Stronger Than You Think

We, with mental illness, tend to always think we are weak but, is this really the case? Are we stronger than we think?

Since I started out on this mental health blogging adventure, I have met so many wonderful people. People from all over the world doing their best to help others through their mental illness by blogging and podcasts; by providing peer support and through their own bravery. I have also found this digital world very helpful at times. I have to say, you’re stronger than you think.

But, perhaps one of the most wonderful things for me is having others reach out to me for help. This is the ultimate reward because it does two things. It fills me with a great sense of honour and contributes to my healing, so thank you all who have reached out, I guess it makes the healing process mutual.

You’re an absolutely amazing bunch

While I will never understand why some people feel inspired by my writings, I am nonetheless blown away when I hear it roll off their tongues. Its nothing short of inspiring and it keeps me going. Sometimes, your kindness comes at a time when I need it most. As many of you are already aware, it is so hard to be consistent when you’re fighting a mental health condition.

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Similarly, I am truly humbled by the number of people I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life. And, no matter how many times I hear about someone’s mental health journey, I am always blown away by their courage. It takes real strength to bare one’s soul to someone, especially face to face. To all of those who have overcome their fears to talk to me, I thank you for your trust.

Stronger Than You Think

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So, here’s to all those who have braved their own battles. You’re an absolutely amazing bunch and are stronger than you ever thought possible. For those of you who are fighting moment by moment, remember, you have made it through every one of your toughest moments, not because you are weak but because you are strong. based on this alone, I know you will get through them all and see happier times once more.

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