If you have been following me for awhile then you know that I am a mental health advocate and I support and promote all things mental health because I know and understand the struggles of mental illness. I advocate for mental health awareness, but I also believe it is ESPECIALLY important to seek help, discover, and speak about they whys of what you are going through mentally. Untreated mental illness is a major issue. Being unaware of mental illness and not seeking treatment can affect a person’s entire health in general. Mental Illness is not a death sentence, and I personally believe that it should be motivation to heal yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I dislike when mental illness is used as an excuse or cover up for inappropriate behavior. There is treatment, therapy, and many other forms of help to assist with healing and growing through any type of mental struggle. In my personal experience I have tried medication when my mental health was spiraling. I have attempted acupuncture, therapy, yoga, exercise, and change of diet. What works for me the most is exercise, CONSISTENT therapy to hold me accountable and keep me on track, and my spiritually/mindfulness practices. What work for me, may not work for you! To better your mental health the first step should be to seek help and determine your own diagnosis through a mental health professional. I received more than one opinion when I was first diagnosed because I wanted to be sure.
The goal is to make an effort to improve your mental health so that you can grow! I have grown tremendously in the last five years and I know because there were some behaviors that I behaved five years ago because I was mentally unstable, that I would not behave today. Today I know that I am in a healing place in my life. There are some days that I have a hard time, but I do not revert to my old ways when I was not aware of my wrongdoings. So, the big question is how do you know when you are healing and growing?
Healing and growing are action words! To heal or grow you must first act! Before I was on my healing journey, I was not internally happy with myself. I remember beating myself up with negative thinking about my body, my actions, and just myself in general. Now, I give myself grace, and I remind myself I am not perfect, and I can make mistakes. A mistake or moment of weakness does not make you a bad person. It is never too late to notice an unhealthy behavior and correct yourself! Healing and growing require self-love and inner happiness and that comes from accepting who you are and where you have been. Keeping a positive mindset is one of the most powerful character traits a person can acquire. Positive mindset equals positive outcomes, and it sounds so simple but honestly building a positive mindset is a daily practice.
Self-affirmations are one of my favorite ways to practice positive mindset. I like to tell myself the positive things and allow myself to focus on the positives in my life. For example, I have PTSD, anxiety, depression, and OCD but the positive in it all is that I survived the trauma that led to those diagnoses. Not only did I survive the trauma, but I am living in my truth, I am attending therapy, and I have not quit. Each day I am working towards improving myself mentally. It is okay to acknowledge your past but living in your past and recreating those hurtful memories over and over will only leave you trapped in the past. To heal and grow you must acknowledge the past, accept the past, and release the past. Releasing your past helps with emotional and mental growth. Allowing yourself to live in the past is like torturing yourself mentally and emotionally, which is unhealthy and halts your growth!
I challenge you to do the following and see what happens when you allow yourself to heal and grow:
- Allow yourself to feel happiness within yourself.
- Do not allow self-doubt.
- Keep a Positive Mindset
- Allow Forgiveness
- Focus on the present!
- Stop holding on to the past.
- Accept & Acknowledge your past!
- Live in your truth.
- Do not allow Shame or Fear of judgement
- Accept and Embrace a renewed you!
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