A couple of weeks ago I had my 8-week psychiatry appointment with my doctor. In the appointment, I was asked the normal questions that I normally get: How am I feeling? How am I sleeping?, etc., etc. These are the normal questions that my psychiatrist asks of me. As we were talking, my doctor said to me that I was stable. It was like music to my ears. I felt like I had been presented with a lottery check for $1,000,000. I had known that I was stable, and my recovery process was going well, but I think hearing the works come from my doctor made it bittersweet.
My journey to stability started over 16 months ago. It all started with the decision to take my mental illness and the maintenance of my mental illness seriously. I literally had to hit “rick bottom” before I could begin the journey to better care of myself and my mental health. It took hard work, dedication, and determination to get to the point where I am now. I would not change a thing. I am happy, and content for the 1st time in what seems like ages. I have a new-found sense of self-esteem and confidence that I never knew was possible.
Stability and recovery for me was a lifestyle change. It was more than taking a pill and going to see a dr. I had to of course decide that this was something that I wanted, but I also had to make some changes in my everyday life that would yield in big results. Those changes were:
1. Going to therapy on a regular basis
2. Engaging in activities that I enjoyed
3. Removing myself from negative people and situations
4. Taking my medicine on schedule
5. Sticking on a sleep schedule
6. Eating a nutritious diet and exercising
7. Being more kind to myself
As I continue my journey of stability and recovery, I will incorporate more positive activities that will keep me on a positive track and on top of my illness. I love who I am becoming, and I owe it all to my stability and recovery.