I am always looking for tips, tricks, and suggestions on how I can live a more mindful and intentional life.
For me, being mindful and intentional about my actions have helped me greatly as I have been on my mental health recovery journey. As I have mentioned so many times before, maintaining a mental illness is a lifestyle. Taking medication and going to see a therapist is just a piece of the puzzle. Adopting positive habits, healthy eating, and exercise are all things that I have incorporated into my routine to achieve stability.
I have learned over the last year and a half that protecting my peace of mind and my energy are crucial to achieving stability.
What does that mean to protect your peace of mind? Well I would imagine that each person will have a different answer to this question. For me, protecting my peace of mind means setting boundaries for myself and others. I was for years, a person that did not set any boundaries. This allowed people who would come into my life to treat me in ways that I did not like or approve of. Here is the thing, we all are entitled to be happy and live the lives that we desire. When we do not set boundaries, we allow others to treat us in ways that may make us feel unappreciated or uncomfortable. We are in control and we do have a say in what happens to us.
I finally came to the conclusion that I should not be shamed by anyone because I live with anxiety and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder and anxiety are illness, chronic ones. I must demand that I am treated with respect and dignity. My illness does not define me, but what I can define are boundaries. I can determine how I am treated.