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    The Time it Takes to Heal and Why to Resist Counting

    There are times when mental illness is inexplicably and irreversibly triggered, feeling out of the blue and bringing on the question of, “why is this happening?” Hospitalizations or acts of deliriously erratic behaviour, unlike the person you have known before. It feels sudden, shocking, and destabilizing. It might change how you see yourself or others, it might just be paramount in a series of upcoming challenges.

    I am not an expert on the cause, here. I don’t know if any of this is truly out of the blue, because science has acknowledged several potential triggering factors that could clarify how we arrive at these moments. For me, what happened felt like the longest slow burn in history. There was a suddenness to the escalation of my condition, but thinking back shows me tremendous kindling. There were a million hints of varying sizes, but I didn’t see them. Nobody did. (As an aside: just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there!)

    In all those years I learned things that had the duality of being helpful and hurtful. I was excellent at being alone and independent, but also unwilling to give other people a chance. My fight or flight mode had me surviving many painful things, though it disrupted my ability to be present in normal circumstances.

    What I have started to realize is that it took me many years to get here. Many years of defence mechanisms and resistance, insecurities and pain. Those things don’t leave overnight. They don’t scurry away after a week of therapy– in fact, I think it is fair to say that the true time it takes to deeply heal can rival the time it takes to make these things. Not always. But often.

    That’s a scary thought, to be held to the past and the things that hinder my healing for so long. To have this idea that it could take quite some time when I really feel I need to see results now. But what do we get if we take this observation and look at it from a perspective of self-compassion?

    We get the recognition that change is scary but valuable. We get to see that it is okay to take time, we can give ourselves permission to recover without assigning deadlines. Without telling ourselves that we should be here or there. We could instead make room for what we want to practice or learn. No should have, not resenting ourselves for what we needed to survive.

    I’m tired of trying to grow all the time, trying to create the kind of life that I want. That is half of what is inside of me. But I’m also surprised by how much I have seized and changed and there is more of me here than ever before. I am early in addressing all these things, but I see myself growing with clarity.

    Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do need to let myself feel frustrated and resentful. I have to keep processing the pain as I go. But I can make the choice to invite in the idea that even if things move slowly, they are moving to change my life and I can see it.

    Here's to the possibility of trying, even if our inner voices are not always on our side. Even if it feels like the clock is ticking. We can let ourselves try.

    #Bipolar #Therapy #MoodDisorder #Anxiety #Healing #Selfcompassion #mindset #change

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    Owning your truth and living authentically

    Paul was born with Cerebral Palsy. His mother was told he would never be able to walk. Growing up Paul was bullied and told he couldn’t do many things due to his Cerebral Palsy or lack of ability or intelligence. Paul had big goals and big dreams but he was ashamed. He was sad and angry all the time. It wasn’t until his coach believed in him that Paul was able to start believing in himself. He wanted to hide the fact that he had Cerebral Palsy but it wasn’t until Paul began accepting himself, loving himself, and owning his truth that he was able to become successful and make his dreams a reality. Paul’s story is important because it illustrates how important our words are and how 1 person believing in you can make all the difference.

    Listen to today’s podcast episode to hear Paul’s inspiring story.

    accordingtodes.com/104-2

    #CerebralPalsy #MentalHealth #Bullying #mindset #gratitudepractice #MentalHealthAwareness #CerebralPalsyAwareness #mentalhealthblog #mentalhealthpodcast

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    Mindset Monday

    Don't believe everything you see. It can be so easy to compare yourself to others- especially on social media but so often we only see the highlights or the successes. We don't see the failures or the the struggles behind the scenes. Keep this in mind when working on yourself or working toward your goals in life. It's not a race and it's certainly not a competition.

    #mindset #mindsetmonday #MondayFeels #Mondayblues #goalsetting #MentalHealth #mindsettricks #mindsettips #mondaymindset

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    Mindful Monday

    I saw this online and wanted to share. Take what you like, leave what doesn't work for you but at least try out these strategies next time you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

    #Mindful #mindset #MindfulMonday #Anxiety #Overwhelm #MentalHealth #grounding #Acceptance

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    Just me and my tiny thoughts #SelfHealing #mindset #MentalHealth #MightyThoughts

    Every little thing that we have in mind is connected with memories and experiences that we have gone through. The more we experiencing directly like see and touch, smell and eat, the bigger impact have created in our brain, sort of building a strong connection as a result it plays a very important role with our emotions and sense, as well as our mindset to cope with the life ordeal.

    In my real life, I have been struggling with my bad past experiences from changing jobs that I cannot satisfied with and so I did not achieved my targets, then the bad relationships with apparently not the right one and left me with stressfull embarrasing extra baggage, also with the toxic friendship that intimidating and oppressing with such a big gap of social economic status thus I chose to go on my own with very very selective small circle and stay away from anykind of "normal" groups.

    Those daunting haunting moments has been building strong connection with what I have become right now, and how to deal with my own life.

    It is not necessarily everyone would have the same level of acceptance like mine. But what I have learned from my life lessons was a huge respect toward myself and a truly honest self-acceptance.

    I think that Every Single Moment of My Life is either a lesson that have to be accepted, better, worse, good and bad.. OR it is a lesson that I will anticipate with preparations, and in the end I will have to accept with the big giant heart and patience. But at least I have prepared.

    So now I am not denying that I have special conditions with my mental health, I have excess baggage from the past that I cannot wipe out of my memory, and I know how hard it is to live day by day with this huge burden I have carried for years. But now I can stay true and original... even only with me and me.

    "No matter what mindset of positivity and negativity. Dear, I just have to live in-sanity."

    This is My New Normal!

    This kind of mindset that I live my life with, for the past 10 years.. it is not for everyone to live by, but everyone at least can try to find the better way of living by their own pace.

    #KeepSane #staytrue #stayhealthy

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    Your mindset matters

    Instead of thinking, “What if this doesn’t work out?” think, “What is this works out great!?”
    #mindset #mindsetshift #wellness #positiveselftalk #Positivity #positivemindset

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    Mindful Monday

    Become mindful of your lenses. They will influence your ideas of yourself and the world around you.

    #Mindful #MindfulMonday #mindset #rosecoloredglasses #MentalHealth

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    Thoughts to protect my psyche…

    People think they can dictate their involvement in your life. There are people I don’t want to have access to me and visa-versa. Those that manipulate, those that try to control, those that mess with my mindset and inner peace, those that have been toxic to me. #MentalHealth #Toxic #Depression #mindset #spiritualhealth #PTSD