When Things Don’t Go Right

When Things Don't Go Right

Well, it's been a while since I last posted a blog on here. I would like to inform you all that I have been doing fabulous! By utilizing my coping mechanism of living in the moment, I have been able to have a very productive and happy life for the last months. It is so good to feel happy again and not sit around worrying about things. I owe a lot of the success to my dad because he has been my pillar and support and I wouldn't have made all this progress without him.

What I wanted to talk about today is keeping yourself out of a rut. This past Monday I came home and had a LOT of anxiety. It was the worst anxiety I've had in the last couple of months. I struggled just to make it to bedtime. However, after a good night's sleep, I got up in the morning, determined to have a better day. did this by getting ready and going out to the Whale House where I always have a great laugh. I got to spend time with my friends and the staff there and they always make me feel good. Then when I got home, I immediately shut Albert down. This is the key to not falling in a rut. Every time Albert tried to get me to do things, I said NOPE. I didn't even give him the chance to get at me. I held my head up high and fought. This is what you need to do after you have a bad day. Sure, we have bad days. However, the key is to pick yourself up after a bad day and not let them pile up. Fight for your happiness. Be determined to have a better day than the last and take the steps and coping mechanisms that have helped you in the past. Remember, you have the power to shape your day. By implementing a positive attitude at the start of the day, you will find that you are far more equipped to pick yourself up after a rough day.

I can happily say that yesterday was fantastic and today is even better. I caught myself before I fell into a rut. So, when things don't go right, get up and fight harder. You will be so happy with the results and your life will be much more carefree.

Ashleigh

It Does Get Better

It Does Get Better

Last night I had the privilege of sharing my story to a family support group. It was almost surreal because a lot of the people there are in the same spot my dad and I were in 15 years ago. It was an honour to speak to all of them and I could tell my story was compelling and powerful to everyone there.

Meeting all those people and sharing my story of recovery inspired this blog to be a simple encouragement. “It DOES get better”. I remember when I was in the first stages of my psychosis and mental illness, things were very tumultuous at home. I fought with my dad on a daily basis and generally just didn’t know how to process what was happening inside my brain. Things seemed to be at their worst and a lot of times I really questioned if I was ever going to get better. Fortunately, I have a dad who walked with me every step of the way and we have done this journey of recovery together. I would not have made it this far without him and the other members of my support network.

Mental illness does not discriminate. It crosses all borders, genders, race, religion. To be frank it is very difficult to deal with when you are first experiencing psychosis. So, I want to encourage everyone that is reading this; things DO get better. I know you might be in a spot where it seems like the world is ending and nothing is going to help you or
your loved one. However, through hard work, medication and a strong support network, recovery is expected.

It was very eye opening to see families in different stages of their mental health journey. I remember what it was like when I first got sick, and quite frankly it was hell. So, I understand where you are at. Fortunately, there are so many resources and people out there that just want to help. I write this blog to encourage people and give examples on how I've made it this far. So, don't give up! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Mental illness is not a cage, and there is so much hope for a bright future. lam a living example that with hard work and determination along with other coping mechanisms, you will be successful.

So, keep your head up. I know things seem like the end of the world at first, but it DOES get better.

Ashleigh