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?