I wrote this poem walking home from work one night after hearing about the differences in measures that men and women use to keep themselves safe at night. 200. 200 metres until I reach the place I call my own,Home.Guardian gum stands tall out front, my mark for exhalation. But before I reassure I count. 3. 2. 1. Be … Continue reading Our Walk Home
Being present. Being present can be hard. It's a skill that takes time to learn and requires constant vigilance to maintain. However, it is one that is quite essential to extract the most out of life. Bringing yourself to the present is grounding. It sends you into the here and now, and allows you to … Continue reading The Here and Now
Balance is difficult to achieve but a necessity for the everyday. It surfaces in relationships, mental health, diet, exercise and much more. Without it, we either become overwhelmed and tired or frustrated and bored. Connectivity is a key part of balance: - body and soul -soul and mind Not just to yourself but also, the … Continue reading The Balance Point
A bit of black out poetry for all you poetry people out there. Black out poetry is where you create a poem using the words from an already created text. For these, I used a homes magazine. I've written the completed poem out next to the photo of the original. Enjoy! Intricately patterned recurring light,Shade and … Continue reading Homes Blackout Collection
Talk is cheap, if you truly mean something, do something to show it. Everyone does this, it's impossible not to. Regardless though, people need to start to take responsibility for the words they say. Or better yet, show the action first and then back it up with words. You're my friend? Prove it. You say … Continue reading Talk Is Cheap
Many people struggle with the end goal, they survive the day to day but don't necessarily picture their end go. I'm one of them. For many years I've lived my life on experience, for experiences. I simply lived day to day trying to find new things that I hadn't yet done. What can I say? … Continue reading My End Game:Practically Non Existent
I keep on trying to write, to express this one particular feeling but every time I try, it becomes ugly. Not ugly from bad writing or incorrect spelling or grammar. But ugly in the sense that its nasty and borders on hateful. It's as though I have this piece of food stuck in my throat … Continue reading Taken for Granted
Remember: Check Yourself
Reflection is an imperative facet of managing mental health. I once was offered the advice to take a self-inventory. Reflect on your past actions, both the good and the bad, admit when you have done wrong immediately and frankly then, learn and move forward. The following is my evening's reflection.
Managing Mental Illness
With a specific focus on bipolar disorder.
After living with bipolar on medication since I was diagnosed, I came off my medication and have been self managing for two months. Now at the two month mark with no real research done before it (only the laid foundation for successful mental health from a previous psychologist), I have now begun to conduct research and believe I should be reviewing my findings.
Let Us Revisit:
I am unapologetically myself. For me, this means I accept who I am with my faults and strengths and reflect on myself to reach the person I want to be. In the past, I have relied on many things to shape myself. These have included friends, family, boyfriends, mental illness and medicating. At present, I now rely on the instincts within me to shape who I am today. While this is based off of the teachings throughout my eighteen years, it is now predominantly self reflection that guides me.