Learning to Love Your Mental Illness

There is a huge stigma towards mental illness. You’re seen as “sick” or “crazy”, but we both know this is not true. There are many people who don’t understand mental illness, and as a result, we tend to hide ours.

We push our feelings deep inside of us, slap a smile on our face, and get on with life. I was afraid of talking about my diagnosis, but one day I came to the realization that my mental health was a part of me. I learned to love my mental illness and today I’m going to show you why you should learn to love your mental illness and how to do it.

“Mental illness is a part of my life.

I don’t believe I have anything to be ashamed of.

Anyone who believes otherwise is the one who does.”  

Mental Illness Makes Us Strong

I know it may not seem like we’re strong,  because when we have our bad days our mental illness kicks our ass. We feel weak and stupid for not being able to fight against our own head. But, let me tell you this, every day that our mental illness kicks us down, we get back up even stronger, ready to fight another day. We are brave and strong.  

We battle against our minds each and every day and keep going. We go to school, work, and live life, all the while fighting against our mind. Most of the time no one even knows what we are going through. That is a strength, my love.

Mental Illness Is Part of Us

Our mental illness makes us who we are, but it does not define us. We are not our illness. We all have our own individual story to tell. Our mental illness makes us strong, resilient, and brave. That builds our character. We know that we can face anything that comes our way!

Each and every day we battle with our minds, some days are harder than others, but I know that if anything comes our way we can get through it. We are strong and brave because of our mental illness.

“ That which we are ashamed of controls us.

   That which we embrace becomes powerless. “

It has shaped who we are. We are compassionate and kind towards others because we know how it feels being alone, misunderstood, or simply in a bad place. We treat others how we would like to be treated.

Mental Illness Helps You Teach Others.

There is a lot of stigma in regards to mental illness. We have all witnessed this from people one way or another. It can be very difficult for people who don’t suffer from mental illness to understand what you go through. Embracing and learning to love your mental illness can allow you to explain and teach others how to understand mental illness.

Teaching others doesn’t just help you, it helps the person who doesn’t suffer from mental illness at all.  Also, it helps other people who suffer from mental illness that may not be able to embrace their mental health or can’t explain it to the people around them.

Speaking out about our mental illness will also inspire other sufferers to speak out about their own illness. It may take them some time but it will happen.

I know that it can be tough to talk about mental illness but it doesn’t need to be a taboo or such a secret. Yes, we have been through a hell of a lot throughout our lives. We are still standing here and living our life even though we struggle each and every day.

When I was diagnosed, I was terrified to tell anyone about my mental illness but as the months went on and I began my own blog, I knew that my blog could be a platform where I could help people by talking about my mental illness.

Remember, you are strong, brave and beautiful.

Have you embraced your mental illness? Or are you learning to love your mental illness?  Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t let stigma or people who don’t understand to stop you from embracing your mental illness.

With Love,

Anne xxx

About The Author…

Anne is from Ireland where she is taking time off after school to focus on her mental health. She is also an assistant at Quiet Nonsense and runs her own blog www.foreverthewanderer.ie with topics including travel, mental health and so much more. Anne dreams of/ is working towards becoming a professional blogger.

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