Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness
My struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder and anxiety have felt lifelong at this point. The past decade of my life has felt like twice that because of how the symptoms have affected me. I've searched for any way to help mitigate these effects- DBT self-taught exercises, therapy (in person and online), journaling, self-esteem, self-compassion, trauma healing, and finally, physical health changes.
I've never been a gym person. I feel like it's the equivalent of being on display, like an animal at the zoo. But people pay admission to see the animals at the zoo and marvel at their greatness. I pay money to go feel self-conscious and awkward.
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In my ever-evolving journey to be a new and self-improved me, I've pondered many existential questions, like, "what the heck are we all doing here?" I decided that the gravitas of such a question was beyond my capabilities, so I personalized it into: "what the heck am I doing here?"
If you're involved in any mental health or inspirational community online, you've likely seen the term self-care. We all probably have an idea of what it is. After all, it doesn't take a Ph.D to deduce that the words self and care probably have something to do with taking care of yourself.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a multifaceted approach to handling difficult emotions and learning to live in the moment. It was originally designed for people with borderline personality disorder, but can be used for any disordered thinking. If you have BPD, or any other mental illness, and have researched possible solutions or treatments, you likely have encountered DBT.
In my pursuit for a healthier me, I run across many tips that say writing down affirmations is a good method to positively increase your self-esteem. I've half-heartedly memorized this tool upon dozens of times seeing it, and then never used it. At least, never properly used it.