I never really understood what “No action is still an action” meant.
It took awhile to figure out what that quote actually meant. I knew that I had a mental health condition for several years before I decided to actually take the steps to make my life and my mental health better. I thought that by taking no action, my mental health would somehow magically get better. It didn’t dawn on me at that point that I was in control of my mental health and my mental health recovery. I thought that I was doomed and accepted this fate that was less than I wanted and deserved. “No action is still an action” was actually the motto that I lived my life by when my mental health was not a top priority. I made a conscious effort over the years when I was not well not to make an action, and that is still an action.
I have had so much time over the last 2 years that I have been in recovery to think about some of the situations that have occurred during the course of my journey.
There were so many times when the idea of taking the steps to act scared me, and made me super uncomfortable, so in my mind, doing nothing was better for me and it kept me in my comfort zone.
Believe it or not, we are in control even when it feels like the cards are stacked against us. We have a choice, we can either take action or remain still. The thing about taking action is that it will bring you outside of your comfort zone. Comfort zones can be a place of anxiety and uneasiness for me.