Disorder without a cure : The constant battle with mental illness

Mental illnesses are one of the hardest things to conquer.

Imagine waking up and having to fight your mind to keep yourself alive. When the voice in your head features a death wish, or other hatred of yourself. Imagine your only enemy being yourself. That’s what it’s like to live with a mental illness, and they don’t understand.

The number of times I’ve heard get over it, or stop being a baby or you’re crazy or insane is far too many. People think that we choose this life, that we choose to be different, unstable and emotional. We don’t, just like Cancer or Parkinson’s it’s not a choice. The only choice we have is to get help, which they also think is a piece of cake but it isn’t.

Mental illness is a long hard struggle that many face and overcoming it if that is an option is hard, and dealing with it is just as hard. You try therapy, friends, blogs, reaching out to those who are like you, doctors, psychiatrists, hospitalization, and medicine but here you are still struggling.

I found the video above to be a perfect way of describing it to someone. It resonated with me so I thought I’d share for any of you struggling to put it in to words. Stay strong and know that there are others like you out there .
-E.

Live: Survival of the Fittest

Today I watched a scene that while it broke my heart it made me think. Sitting at work looking outside I caught a glimpse of a tiny bird eating a living moth. As the moth struggled to get away I thought about how our entire world is truly ruled by those who are the strongest. The strongest will always win and rule. However by strongest I am not just referring to those who can bench twice their own weight, but as well the strong willed, and strong minded.

Now it is easy to figure out how to become strong physically but becoming strong mentally is far more complicated. Though I am not the strongest mentally I have learned and gathered some tips and exercises in order to become stronger. Firstly find ways to de-stress, some things I have come across to help with de-stressing are as follows:

Tea- A nice cup of tea always helps calm me down

Favourite place- Find a place you love to be and visit when stressed to help you relax

Candles- scented candles help put my mind at ease

Workout- exercising is proven to reduce stress and help with mental illness

Walk- even just going for a walk and catching some fresh air helps to clear your mind

Secondly, grab a sheet of paper and write down all 5 senses, beside each write your favourite thing to trigger those senses. For example:

Taste- Macintosh toffee (my favourite candy)

Touch- Memory foam

Sight- sunset

Smell- watermelon

Sound- ocean

By triggering other senses it allows your mind to take a break and can also help to cheer you up.

Finally write. Writing out your feelings, and thoughts can help take things off your mind, try writing a blog like me :), but if you aren’t comfortable with that write in a diary or on word just to allow yourself to rid of the poisons clogging your mind. Writing can also allow you to make changes to how you deal with things for example if you’re mad and you write and feel better, then next time while feeling the same way you can look back and see how you moved on last time.

All in all we must not get caught up in being so physically strong that we forget to keep our mental state in the same league. As Darwin stated this is the “survival of the
fittest”.

-E.