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The 5 Essentials that Awakened My Mental Health

The 5 essentials that awakened my mental health influence depression, social anxiety and being a confident, competent adult.

Courage is as contagious as fear — Susan Sontag

— Susan Sontag

… and courage can start from within just a fear does.

This is a very difficult story for me to write. I have the rational brain engrained and the emotional brain buried somewhere previously not accessible. I had learned that ‘we’ don’t ‘talk’ about ‘things’. But, I know writing/talking heals so I write.

Then, through recovery, I have adopted an Inner Adult who is nurturing me into mental health. This Nurturing Other walks beside me as I forge ahead on this newly adopted path.My soul, compassion, trust, and feelings are grit-fully ‘discovered’ with inner guidance and a nurturing community of others.

Every so slowly I found the Inner Adult to nurture my Inner Child.

In equal increments, I had begun to integrate key attributes into my day-to-day existence including:

1~ an intentional attitude 
2~ core values/worldviews
3~ a solid identity-narrative 
4~ being vulnerable 
5~ listening to physical, emotional and psychological responses

I was floundering without these. Self-confidence, my inner empath and a better knowing/valuing of my place in the world is increasing in a corresponding way.

Mental health, for me, has involved a constant effort to stick to the plan or purpose — the one guided now more by my heart and soul, than my mind. It means reminding myself to step forward when the messages from within are saying, ‘step back or run now and hide’. And in doing, so I continually nourish the growth of my improving ‘tree of life’.

This is an intentional plan of action. 

As this pattern becomes stronger, I am able to manage depression and social anxiety in more positive ways. It feels good to stand taller and to be with an identity and ‘voice’ that are becoming more confident and genuine. It takes time and I have learned through consistent effort to be ok with that.

Courage is gradually taking up greater space in my way of being and fear is losing its stronghold. Courage comes through nurturing and nurturing can come from within or from others. Fear can similarity arise from a lack of having a Nurturing Other.

It takes wisdom, courage and creativity to be vulnerable. And it takes being vulnerable to build wisdom, courage and creative solutions.

Positive growth also takes a good dose of imagination and creativity. These are all gifts of wisdom. Wisdom involves an intuitive, empathetic connection with your ‘self’ and with the world and an aware attunement to both.

It is about being creatively inspired, delighted, motivated so that, in some way, transform ways of thinking, doing or feeling, for the better. We need confident voices and a natural respect for various means of communicating, share and balancing meaningful connections with the world.

You never fail until you stop trying.

— Albert Einstein

Wisdom is about maintaining an open mind, a willingness to listen and a wanting to learn and grow. In turn, as the narrative of my identity confidently evolves according to my inner Self, I find depression and social anxiety waning and mental health waxing.

Nurture, compassion and a growth mindset are essential in building confident voices and healthy places in the world. This has happened to me. I share this story in hopes that it may also help others.

— namaste, Leah 🕊

Leah J, M.Ed. Psychology, writer/artist/teacher
© Leah J.🕊 The ART Matrix 2019
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