Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mental Health Month Blog Party



There is a history of mental illness in my family, primarily depression.  I have suffered through bouts of it, been treated with medication, and ultimately learned to cope by changing my life in a number of ways.  Feeling depressed is not a party but recovery is worth celebrating.

How did I do it?  I learned to implement a set of skills that helped me stay mentally healthy.  I started taking responsibility for my life and my choices then quit blaming others for my problems.  I explored many spiritual paths, eventually discovering what works best for me.  I try to exercise regularly, eat well and get plenty of sleep.  I write in a journal and take pictures to express what's inside me.  I meditate and practice mindfulness.  I practice lovingkindness by helping other people.  I keep learning and growing.

Of course I still have down days and don't always do what I need to do, but I view my path as a spiral journey, ever evolving.

How about you?

14 comments:

Ron Scheer said...

Getting sunshine helps; getting out helps; coffee helps, especially with someone who feels like talking, too.

Barb said...

Hi Loran, Your habits sound like a prescription for a healthy life. Actually your lifestyle sounds a lot like my own. Good Luck!

Tee Thompson said...

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Janie said...

Your methods all sound like good ones. A spiral journey, ever evolving, is a good description of going through life open to new experiences and ideas.

Sylvia K said...

The path you've chosen to follow is most definitely a prescription for a healthy, happy life, Loran, and I'm still grateful to you for sending some very helpful, inspiring information at a particularly downtime in my life -- which thankfully has passed. I hold good thoughts for you and send lots of love and thanks!

Sylvia

Cher' Shots said...

Good advice all around ~ but don't beat yourself up if you have an occaisional down day, that's part of a normal healthy life as well ~ we all have those days on occasion. Grow spiritually.
'hugs from afar'

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Mental health is the person's emotional well-being or mental balance to realize the person's abilities. Always have some enjoyable hobbies of personal choice also relaxes and calms the mind.