October 22, 2018
Hi there IGC energizers! A friendly reminder, IGC is for Innergchic. If you’re here it’s obvious you know everything is about energy, which starts with the inner you! This is a topic dear to me for numerous reasons. I’ve been affected by it very up close and personal, dealt with it in my home, family, and friends. It’s taken a long time for many to talk about it, let alone admit they suffer from it, live with someone who does, or most commonly unspoken of, haven’t been professionally diagnosed yet so you dance with denial. It’s that topic that isn’t taboo and many are looking for real change and help. The other piece to that equation is sometimes you can’t afford the medication or therapy you need to cope.
The umbrella of mental health is too broad to narrow down to a few categories. The most common are: anxiety & panic disorders, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, etc. Many of these affect us daily in our community. The shame the community leaves one to feel makes it harder for those affected to ask for professional help due to the stigma. Although most are curable, the most common ones aren’t. There are always basic tactics we could put in practice to help ourselves or someone else cope better.
The first and most critical step is considered a combo to me. You must acknowledge the seriousness of your case, then want and accept the professional help provided for you. Never allow anyone to make you feel like it’s a personal weakness you have. Study and educate yourself on your specific illness. This helps you recognize trigger points that lead up to an attack or feelings of depression. Because we’re humans and creatures of habit, be conscious of your surroundings. When you put in the work to retrace some normal practices or routines you do, you often find a person, place or object that is a trigger for you. So, acting swiftly to remove yourself from that area, place, or person will help you reveal other deeper layers of yourself. Think of a puzzle, it looks chaotic at first but once you find that one piece everything starts falling into place. Don’t stop at that one piece, keep going, but move at a pace you can emotionally handle. It’s a rough road and everyone feels and heals at different levels, so be patient with yourself. A true companion, or friend who’s ready to weather the storm with you is very comforting too. Find or seek someone who simply wants to stay with you out of love. This is critical in relationships whether it’s love, family, or friends. These bonds are broken daily because one or both aren’t doing their part. If you’re coping with and affected by the illness, recognize it’s not easy and your loved ones are hurting with you. Sometimes they just don’t know how to help. If you’re dealing with someone who’s ill, find 3 new ways to practice patience daily. It will be your best friend, and you’ll need it. Consistently plan scheduled time away so you can mentally rest and refill your cup. These steps are so critical to practice because there will be times when you realize the scent is coming from you. We hear so much on detoxing, but it literally starts up top with our mindset. We can point fingers all day at what we see or witness in others, but rarely do we sniff to check ourselves first. It’s a long road ahead in either seat, so be mindful of that. Until next time, love yourself, appreciate your tribe, and try something new!
We’ve taken the time to put together a few simple proven steps for our clients to use daily, revealing the writer within themselves.