Time to get honest

Fighting mental Illness is a challenge. Honesty is so crucial in learning to manage these conditions. The problem is that when you combine rollercoaster emotions, hypersensitivity, and an impulsive nature, knowing your own mind can be a challenge. We have to be certain to move and direct our lives from a place that isn’t controlled by our symptoms.

There are days that are wins. Not every day is a win. We have become masters of illusion to a certain extent. I’m not afraid to admit, I have been extraordinarily depressed this past few months. I’ve struggled harder to keep my life from going off the rails than I ever have. I’ve spent a month in bed. Depression is no joke. ADHD is no joke. Anxiety is no joke.

I want you, among all of the other commitments you have made for 2017 to commit to yourself first. Choose to be honest with yourself. Check in. That is your greatest chance of arresting these conditions before they get out of hand.

Bad days will come

Above all, do not be ashamed of your bad days. Stop. What you are fighting is a chronic illness that permeates every last facet of your life. You win some days, you lose others. Take the day in bed. Take the month in bed. You are your most precious resource.
Sometimes to reclaim our sanity we have to take extreme measures. I walked away from a job because every day I was there I had panic attacks which affected my performance and became a continual source of stress for me.

Was it hard financially? You bet your ass. Sometimes I still get scared thinking about it.

The only way you are going to come out on the other side of this unscathed is to get incredibly real. Start today. I’ll be right there with you.

Until next time,

René

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Fighting mental illness is a challenge. I want you, with the other commitments you have made for 2017, to commit to yourself first. Every day isn't a win. | Black Girl, Lost Keys.

Fighting mental illness is a challenge. I want you, with the other commitments you have made for 2017, to commit to yourself first. Every day isn't a win. | Black Girl, Lost Keys. Fighting mental illness is a challenge. I want you, with the other commitments you have made for 2017, to commit to yourself first. Every day isn't a win. | Black Girl, Lost Keys.
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