My original intentions in writing this blog was to share all my stories and experiences with mental illness which began when I was 8 years old and my bipolar Mother had her first psychotic episode. But I quickly realized that dredging up all those horror stories were not healthy for me and were causing a flood of unpleasant memories and emotions. So, I chose to start therapy and move forward in a positive way instead of dwelling on past trauma.
Now, I’m focusing on healing and learning healthier ways to express myself and manage my anxiety and bipolar. Dwelling on past trauma is painful and I don’t recommend it to any of my readers.
Using therapy, meditation and journaling are three tools I have chosen to help me heal and make progress psychologically and emotionally. I’ve also started eating healthier and am taking an abundance of high quality vitamin and mineral supplements. The healthier you are psychically, the healthier you will become psychologically and emotionally. I cannot stress enough the importance of a healthy diet as it makes a huge positive impact at a cellular level and helps improve brain function and mood stabilization.
The old adage “we are what we eat” really is true. If you consume a lot of garbage, you feel like garbage. Increasing your intake of organic, fresh fruits and vegetables makes an IMMENSE difference in your energy level and overall physical and mental health. It has also helped me tremendously with the chronic pain I suffer from Stage 4 arthritis and degenerative disc disease.
So, I may share some stories about my past but it will not be the entire focus of this blog. My purpose is the same, however. I strive to help comfort, inspire and HELP my readers that are either battling their own illness or have a loved one that does.
Never give up hope. Never forget that each anxiety attack or bipolar episode is temporary. Sometimes a simple medication adjustment needs to be made that can help the episode pass quicker. Please never give up hope. There IS light at the end of the tunnel.
I would love to hear from you. What helps you with your illness? What helps you when you cycle?