Nobody said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it...
Change isn't really as hard as it feels it will be, it's often our resistance to change that brings the most pain...the hard part is accepting that in order to change the outside, you must first change the inside.
We all need a helping hand from time to time.
There is nothing wrong in reaching for support when it comes to mental health, it should be encouraged, and we should be educating young people about it too.
You are probably reading this page as you know something is wrong and you're searching for answers, my hope is that you find what you're looking for here.
Chances are if you clicked through to here it was after reading the last page about the sympathetic nervous system and you realise you have a few tigers of your own, and need some help.
I am huge advocate of therapy, and I believe prescription drugs can play a role in healing if used as part of a wider program for recovery. I'm not sure drugs alone are the answer, I think they may just paper over the cracks. They don't heal the trauma underneath. You can read more about my own journey with prescription opiates here and my views on addiction.
There is support out there, though we need much more investment into mental health, and I encourage you if you're here reading this today if you haven't already: talk to your GP, contact a charity such as MIND - if you can afford private therapy then invest in yourself, invest in your mental health. Your body and mind will thank you...
But there is much you can do for yourself outside of the usual go-to solutions. With practice, dedication and the courage to allow yourself to be vulnerable and commit to making changes you can climb mental mountains instead of carrying them and see things with clarity - isn't it nice when you realise the view at the top is nothing short of beautiful? Your life always was a story of a warrior, nothing short of that. You have survived 100% of your worst days. You are amazing.
So welcome to Breakthrough, this is the place where you can learn how to approach working on yourself, start understanding your mind better, how it's intrinsically linked to the way you feel, and over time with practice learn to feel good about yourself, have more inner peace and view life with more optimism and hope, instead of always looking at it through a lens of fear and doubt.
Mindfulness can provide a wonderful emotional anchor point to use during self-exploration, something to root you in being whilst you take on the challenge of working on yourself.
Observing thought patterns and processes, understanding your coping mechanisms and behaviours, rewiring old software, recognising when you're out of alignment, grounding yourself back to centre, holding yourself in self-compassion, understanding boundaries and learning to apply them, building confidence and overcoming self-esteem issues, silencing the inner critic and practicing self-love.
And that is just for starters!
The truth is there is so much you can do for yourself, by approaching life mindfully, you will build your mental strength, make better decisions and have less anxiety.
Because conscious breathing invites the parasympathetic system to engage, and the sooner we can activate that part of our nervous system during a period of anxiety the sooner you can start to feel better.
By being in tune with our thoughts, we can 'catch ourselves in the act' of drifting off into thought loops that cause anxiety. Convincing us there is a tiger, when of course most of the time, there isn't.
Mindfulness and the parasympathetic nervous system are very good friends..