Mental health recovery all begins with a decision. A decision to begin taking care of your mental health and peace of mind. It can however take a long while to get to the decision to want to start on this journey. This is by no means an easy task and you are not “healed” overnight. This is a process that takes time and will require work and maintenance as time goes on.
When I decided to take my mental health seriously, I really did not know what I was in for. I knew that I was tired of being a mess, I knew that I was tired of the up and down mood swings and feeling like I was out of control all the time. I knew that I needed to be in control of myself, my body and that was the first step for me. Knowing that I wanted something different.
For Years, I was so used to being unstable…….
For years, I was so used to being unstable, that when I finally got into a routine in the early moths of my journey, I felt “funny”. I had never been stable before and it made me feel strange, I felt like I was a different person. I wasn’t a different person, it was still me, but I was experiencing a sense of calm and stability that I had never ever really know before. That was a huge adjustment. Eventually I began to like it.
As I became more, and more comfortable with my newfound person, and this stable frame of mind, I was able to think more clearly, and rationally and not fly off the handle in 0.2 seconds. This was amazing, and whatever I needed to keep this feeling, I was going to make sure that I maintained.
Once I reached a place of stability, I was then able to deal with all the negative things that I and my anxiety had told myself over the years. Anxiety is a big ass liar. Oh, it made me second guess my intelligence, my abilities, and it wreaked havoc on my self-image and self-esteem. Enough was enough.
I wanted to pull myself out of the pattern of negative thinking………
I wanted to pull myself out of the pattern of negative thinking, and that was one of the many things that I worked on with my therapists help. What helped me, and is still helping me to this day, is my affirmations. I speak to myself on a regular basis, but I try to use the kindest words that I can. I even use my affirmations when I am taking about myself to other people, that’s how much I think they help. I do have different affirmations for different situations, but my two favorites are “All will be well” which I borrowed from Aunty O, and “I am fucking awesome”, and that’s because well, I am LOL!
These are the affirmations that I have chosen that are working for me right now, they may change and that is okay. I think that the moral of the story here is to affirm how powerful, smart, and awesome you are. You can be all those things despite your diagnosis.
I created a special workbook called the Affirm and Reflect workbook. This is a free downloadable workbook that includes 5 affirmations, and 5 reflections. This workbook is designed to get you into the habit of using affirmations and getting more in tune with yourself. To get your free copy, click on the link below.
I hope you enjoy!
That’s all for now !
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