Important thoughts that I needed to be reminded of and perhaps you do too. I know I needed to hear that mental illness is not a character flaw.
Click on “View Original Post” to enlarge this chart. It has many helpful suggestions for when one is under mental and emotional duress.
I think on most days I need to read this message from Pooh Bear. Having PTSD and agoraphobia among other things makes me feel cowardly, weak and stupid. Stupid, because I can’t think my way out of my fears. I know that they are by and large illogical. Part of me thinks if I was smarter I’d be able to reason my way out of the fearful mess that is my psyche. Weak, because I cannot push past the ridiculous fears that cripple my life much of the time. Cowardly, because instead of standing up to them, I allow them to rule over me.
But, I do stand up to my fears sometimes and do something that causes me anxiety anyway. I am not always cowardly. I am not always weak. And, the more I share with and learn from fellow bloggers and my therapist, I realize that my symptoms have nothing to do with my intelligence.
So, I will take to heart this wisdom from the bear who claimed to have “very little brain”. He is so much smarter than he thought.
We are usually kind to others, but need to be reminded to be kind to ourselves…
Reblogged from Gentle Kindness