I’m realizing more and more lately how negative perceptions of myself that I have carried my whole life hold me back. This is particularly troublesome in recovery from mental health issues and addiction. When I get caught up in a fixed idea of myself it impacts my all or nothing thinking and causes me to feel discouraged. Now that I am becoming more aware of these old perceptions I can start letting them go and feel free.
Are you holing onto old negative perceptions of yourself? Do they hold you back and keep you from making changes? Do they keep you from appreciating who you are today?
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In the past I thought that that everything in life was better if I was drunk or high. I believed every experience could be improved if I altered it in some way.
‘I’m going on a date… we will have more fun if we are drinking.’
‘I have to clean the house… this will be much more pleasant with some wine.’
Eventually things got to the point that I felt, ‘I woke up this morning… this entire day will be better with alcohol.’
Can a person change if they really want to?
I believe a desire to change is the first step, but everyone knows that we can’t always get what we want. The desire to make changes in our lives is just a starting point. We must go beyond that.
I have been actively working on recovery from addiction and mental illness for the past 6 months. Since I have made my recovery my number one priority in my life, I have seen life change in ways I didn’t know were possible. It is a lot of work and I still face challenges every day, but it has been worth it.
I know it sounds corny, but the authentic happiness I feel now from my life experiences is better than any high I ever had. I didn’t think it was possible for me to ever reach this point.
In this video I talk about my past and the things I am doing now to work on my recovery. I know everyone has to find their own path to recover. This is just what has worked for me. I think the key is just giving it your all no matter what you decide to do. I will be doing a follow-up video to tell you all more about the things I do day to day to work on my mental health and recovery.
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In this vlog I explain the reasons why I chose to put myself out here on video talking about my mental health issues. I also mention how I never really liked the phrase “fighting to end the stigma toward mental illness.”
I have spent enough of my life fighting and being angry. I am in recovery now and I want to move past all that. I explain what I try to do instead.
Even though it’s not always fun, I think I am finally learning what it means to be a grateful recovering addict with mental illness. I am specifically recovering from alcoholism, sex and love addiction, borderline personality disorder and bipolar. In this video I talk about the things I am thankful for in my recovery. Now I can see; if it wasn’t for my past I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
May 6-12 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I have definitely felt the impact of misunderstanding of children’s mental health issues in my life. My psychiatric issues started to develop when I was very young. I can tell you from my experience they were not something I ever grew out of. Things just got worse.
I am 26 now and I am finally getting the proper psychiatric care I have needed all along. My life is finally turning around.
BTW, I designed my shirt myself… I know I am a geek.
Feel free to leave a comment on your experience with this issue. You can also connect with me through the links below.