Guest post: I dedicated myself to finding genuine inner peace and self love
What was your hypothesis?
After struggling with anxiety and depression for over 5 years, I knew I had to do something different. I became more committed than ever to healing this year. I was so overwhelmed with the job I had at the time that gave me severe anxiety, I found out my chances of getting pregnant are less than five percent, and my husband unexpectedly had to deploy.
Depression was something I have dealt with, but this anxiety was an entirely new beast that I did not know how to handle. I also tried so, so hard to feel better on my own. I really would be proactive by working out, changing my eating habits and lifestyle, I would surround myself with positivity, read devotionals, pray constantly and so much more. I just realized that as hard as I tried, I couldn't get better on my own.
I knew I needed help. I sought medical help and also started a blog to share my journey. I thought writing would not only be therapeutic but I can maybe touch others who are suffering from similar invisible illnesses. I want those who are suffering to know they are not alone.
What does your experiment entail?
I went to see a psychiatrist and tried medication. I decided to get really vulnerable and create a blog to share my experience - the good and the bad. I'm also trying to find more spiritual ways to heal, because I don't want medication to be a permanent part of my life. I am learning more about crystals, malas, essential oils, meditation, yoga and mindfulness.
I try and feed my mind with as much positivity as possible. I read daily devotionals, listen to personal development books while I drive, I keep a gratitude journal, and I have a vision board. I'm really trying hard to find inner peace and self love.
What is it like?
I have always been scared to try medication because I don't want to become dependent on it. Also, trying to conceive, I really didn't want to take anything that may hinder my chances or harm the baby if I did get pregnant. But I realized, I need to take care of myself mind, body and spirit FIRST, that way I can be the best mom I can be if God blesses me with that miracle. I also felt like I was missing out on life, and I want more than anything to be present and enjoy all of the blessings I have.
It was scary to be so open and vulnerable on my blog. Sharing it with others made me feel so exposed. I don't know how I mustered up the courage to share my story on my blog. But I needed an outlet, and writing was very therapeutic. I always feel like a small weight has been lifted after I write.
I just truly feel like more people suffer from mental illness than most realize, and it's important to raise awareness and talk about these invisible illnesses. I know it comforts me to know I'm not alone and to see that there is hope by seeing the success of others. Even though I'm not better yet, I still want to share in hopes maybe I can reach even one person who feels like they can relate and know they are not alone. I want to share my ups and downs, what works and doesn't work for me--I want to share it all.
What are your results?
I'm still very much a work in progress. When I started to receive feedback and messages from people thanking me for sharing my story because they too suffer, it made me feel like even though I'm struggling, I can somehow make a difference. It's so empowering and encouraging to know my vulnerability can actually help others.
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