I have high-functioning anxiety and mild depression, which means that it’s not as debilitating as the low-functioning type. Although, I do know how hard it can be, because I do have days once in a while when it is debilitating. So, this post is in no way discounting how hard it can be. Rather, it’s about trying to find some positive ways to look at my struggles with my mental health issues.
It gave me a passion in life.
It gave me my passion and my purpose in life at a young age, which is to help others through my experiences and my knowledge. Many people don’t find their passion until much later in life, so in that way, I am pretty fortunate.
It keeps me productive.
Both my anxiety and my mild depression help me with this in such different ways. My passions and my goals in life help keep me sane and help keep me going. They give me a purpose in life. Boredom is something that triggers my depression. So, I’m definitely not someone who can do nothing but watch Netflix all day. Therefore, I’m always doing something productive.
My anxiety pushes me to get stuff done. So, even if I wanted to watch Netflix all day, my anxiety doesn’t let me, especially if it knows that I have stuff that I need to do. Although, too much anxiety – to the point of panic attacks – basically puts me out of commission for the whole day, or at least for a number of hours. So, therefore, too much anxiety is bad and counter-productive.
It protects me.
Anxiety is actually our body’s natural reaction to fear and stress. So, in a way, my anxiety disorder does protect me from certain things. However, on the other hand, when my anxiety flares for an irrational reason – or for no reason at all, which it can – then it’s not so good or helpful.
I’m educated on mental health.
I’m educated on a topic that many people aren’t educated on. We don’t naturally learn about mental health issues, and they aren’t talked about in school. So, when I was diagnosed, I took it upon myself to become educated on not only my disorders, but also mental health in general.
I know to take care of myself.
Everyone should take care of their mental well-being, but many people don’t know that they should or don’t know how to do so. I do. Having mental health issues has forced me make it a priority.
I know how to help others.
Most people without mental health issues are clueless when it comes to helping someone who is having a panic attack, a breakdown or any other type of mental health episode/issue. I’m not only educated, but I’ve also been through it all before, and I know how it feels. So, therefore, I know how to help others more effectively.
My past has made me who I am today.
If I didn’t have any mental health issues or if I didn’t go through what I’ve been through, I wouldn’t be who I am today. And I love the person who I am today.
What is something that you or others perceive as negative about you or your life? Try and look at it in a positive way. What are some positive things about that situation?