World Mental Health Day

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Today is World Mental Health Day. Some will know what it means to raise the importance of talking about what is on your mind, which is one way of dealing with mental health. Another is doing things that make you happy such as being in a job you love, being around people who appreciate who you are, going the gym to train and fight through the effects through cardio and strength, hobbies, etc.

I have the odd bout of fearing not my future, but my demise. Why? Some will already know one reason why. Unlike some, I am not in denial of my mental health. I’m rather open about it and deal with it by talking or doing something that helps. My mental health issue is something that comes and goes. What helps is keeping busy with things like work, weekends at the cottage and the gym. Sometimes I can be motivated. Sometimes not and just don’t want to do anything.

With the gym, a lot of motivation comes from my PT, who helps by encouraging me through a good cardio and strength workout. The last few sessions have been amazing compared to a year ago. My breathing control and technique have improved vastly. My lung function reaching nearly the same score I was at 5 years ago.

I’ll be blunt, but had it not been for the much needed improved treatment for CF, I question whether I’d still be here, or whether my health would be as good as it was 10 years ago, which is why I take my meds and have the fitness lifestyle I have.

The meds and healthy lifestyle have maintained my health well, so the thing that baffles me is despite how well I am and how well I’m doing, I still have the odd mental fall.

It sort of pisses me off more than anything because I shouldn’t be feeling like this with how well I’m doing. Though I’m positive that I’m not the only one who is like this.

One thing for sure is I talk about how I feel rather than shut myself off and not talk at all about it. I’d much rather have people around me than push people out my life as some have done.

There is great importance to have people around you as had they not been there, I don’t think I would be here.

Though sadly not everyone is in the same way of thinking.

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