Mind over matter

I feel like now is a good time to do a post on mental health, mostly because I’m doing this one for myself too. In regard to my last few posts on anxiety, it appears there have been a few changes, good changes that is.  I have to admit, I genuinely think I have hit the peak of suffering from mental health issues throughout the last couple of years. I’d like to think that I can’t imagine having to go through that kind of hardship again. Even though I’ve had my fair share of the lows, now is the time (and place) to focus on the highs. I’m taking this opportunity with both hands to reflect on how I’ve progressed and concentrate on how I will continue to progress.

My main achievements of beating anxiety, even if it was for a short while are:

  • Eating on my own
  • Eating cheese
  • Introducing a small section of foods again

Though the above seem like small achievements, for me the accomplishments will stay with me for the rest of my life. Some of the smaller achievements I have succeeded in gaining are:

  • Not being as OCD
  • A sense of feeling able to control anxious thoughts/feelings (to an extent)
  • Lightening my mood when feeling down and not allowing myself to be down for a prolonged period of time

We all deal with mental health issues differently; we are all unique and have our own ways of coping. I personally will not accept any form of medication to help with mine, that doesn’t mean I’m stronger and it doesn’t mean I’m weaker. It just means I am choosing to fight my battle in a different way and there’s nothing wrong with that. People should be able to cope and manage their situations in ways they are comfortable. Unfortunately, I can’t really say how I have got this far in overcoming my demons as much as I’d love to provide some form of plan/schedule.  I used to attend psychiatric counselling sessions but they weren’t really a great help and I really struggled. I felt forced to However, there are a few factors that helped:

  • As cliché as it sounds, being positive encouraged me to face the challenge whenever one cropped up.
  • In a sense, I just “got on” with is. It’s super easy for people who don’t understand to say “just get on with it”. It’s really not as easy as it sounds.

With great difficulty I faced my fears, so to speak and as a result of it, I overcame what used to be an impossible thing to do. It takes time sure, this isn’t something to be disheartened by because the outcome is always appreciated and totally worth it.

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