A week or 2 ago it was mental health awareness week. I like to think I played my part by going to the Walking Out of Darkness event and sharing it on social media. I still wear the top I got from there, in fact I’m wearing it right now. Last year I did a blog post on spreading awareness which outlined lots of different ways you can spread awareness, mostly using social media. I’m proud of myself to still be blogging a year on from then, and hope to be making a similar post with even more insight a year on from now.
So, mental health week came and went, but the phrase they focused on is still on my mind. Am I surviving or thriving? I was lucky enough to hear directly from the CEO of the mental health foundation that only 1 in 5 of us answer thriving.
Determining whether you are surviving or thriving depends on your personal view. Many things are taken into consideration, like how you are doing in comparison to your past, your overall emotional wellbeing, what limits you feel you have and how far in accepting yourself you are. However, I think the question in itself is very subjective, so to objectify it, let’s look at the definitions of the word.
- Surviving – continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship.
- Thriving – prosperous and growing; flourishing.
I’m going to throw it out there, I see myself as thriving. Or more specifically, surviving whilst thriving. That may not be what some expect, I battle mental illness every day and I do have a lot of bad days, however there are some more things I think are more important…
- I have come so far in just a year. In fact, I make significant progress as a person every month
- I’m not in crisis. Especially when it comes to psychosis, this is amazing and is a marked improvement in my mental health
- Despite my own depression and suicidal urges I still experience, I know I do not want to die
- I feel content with myself. There are always things I’m going to want to change, however if I stayed like this forever I would be content
- I’m doing the things I love as my work
- I set monthly goals and am meeting them. Achieving things always make me feel awesome, no matter how small those goals
- My support system is strong
- I have a positive and hopeful attitude towards my life and my future
Thank you very much for reading, see you tomorrow