I’m taking a line from these guys because they know what it’s all about. Axl says:
I know it’s hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you can heal a broken heart
Wouldn’t time be out to charm you?
The words apply to more than a broken heart. They apply to overcoming any mental health issue. I was inspired by a friend this week who is doing so many things to get over his anxiety. It’s gone from horrible to uncomfortably livable. He’s got a ways to go, and sometimes doesn’t see the light at the tunnel. But if you look at time as your friend, it might an idea to take a deep breath.
The grey areas and the nuances of your psyche can let you know so much about what triggers stress, anxiety, depression. Introspection is as simple as examining who you talked to that day, what is bothering you, and what you can do to address the difficulty and assert yourself.
Being assertive demands courage – but I believe the rewards are substantial. They include a stronger sense of self, and greater confidence to confront things that bother you, and resolve them to give you additional peace. In my humble opinion, being assertive paves the road to greater mental peace.
For me, anger is one of my common responses to feeling slighted or when I come up against someone who does not understand what I’m going through, or have been through. It takes a little patience to turn that anger into words I can use that won’t insult others or make the problem worse. It’s a skill I continue to work on and practice. But, in all cases, I try to look at time as my friend, and hang on tightly to any progress I have made, knowing that this progress will continue.
29 Oct 2012