Grateful

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On Saturday,

I woke up with the greatest feeling of gratitude.  I speak about being grateful very often on my social media feed, and I see this message of gratitude all over social media.  But on this particular day, I woke up feeling full and feeling happy. Happy for all of the things that I do have with no thought about the things that I did not have or the things that I want.  Those things were nowhere near my mind. My feelings of gratitude left me smiling and in a wonderful mood for the rest of the day. As I thought more and more about it, I am extremely blessed and grateful.  I am grateful that I have a healthy child, friends and family who love and care about me. I am grateful that I have a place to live and a job to go to and a home to live in.

What I am most grateful for is the relationship that I have worked on and developed with myself.

I am so happy to say that I have put in so much work to make some discoveries about myself, that were previously uncovered. This has been one of my biggest accomplishments thus far and I am looking forward what is to come. As we approach the holiday season, I urge you to think about the things that you have and are grateful for and not dwell on what you do not have or would you would like to have.  Doing so will bring you a sense of content and calm.

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Your Mindset is Important

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As I navigate through my mental health recovery journey,

I learn new things about myself every day.  Even on the days that I am not experiencing symptoms of anxiety or bipolar disorder I learn something else about myself.  When I started this journey over a year and a half ago, I knew that I wanted to make a change and I wanted mental stability.  The only way to get the mental stability that I was looking for was to be intentional about the recovery process. 

For me, therapy was so very important and useful for many reasons. 

The main reasons were to develop skills and strategies about coping with my illness, as well as investigate past traumas and occurrences in relation to my mental health and behavior. When I first started going to therapy, it did not dawn on me that my past and my mental health disorders did play a role in my behavior, and at times they went hand in hand. Realizing this made a lightbulb go off.  I wanted to explore this more. I was devoted to bettering myself and becoming a better person.

One of the things that I began to realize when I started therapy on a regular basis was that attitude and mindset are so crucial in seeking stability on the road to recovery.  Our minds are so powerful, and we truly do become what we think.  I never thought about this.  I was too concerned with acting and reacting and not really paying attention to my attitude at times.

Mindset is so very important when traveling on road to recovery and creating stability. 

I know that for years, I carried a lot of negative thoughts and didn’t see any progress.  I then began to realize that having a positive attitude would greatly impact my treatment and make getting better a little bit easier.  Every day is not going to be easy.  Having a mental disorder is no walk in the park, but once I began to change my mindset I discovered that I can have the stability that I so desperately wanted.  There was no longer room for negativity.

The shift in my mindset has been one of the greatest things that has help me maintain my mental health disorder.  Positive thoughts yield positive outcomes.

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