Is it time to let go again? Part I
There has been a lot of talk about letting go. Talk of letting go of emotion stirred up through difficult interaction. When we let go of the activities that don’t pan out we can feel stronger, yet it can be difficult to let go of friends who we have grown apart from.
What does letting go mean for the person who is a mental health survivor?
To me it means I let go of the negative talk, the aggressive talk, the demeaning talk I have heard. It means the things I’m letting go of are like the landscape I drive through and see pass by the car as I go on to my destination. I too, will try to let yesterdays negativity go by, like the gobbledy gook it is, and I will come to this next day with a fresh face. But, does this mean my fresh face has to deal with more negativity, aggression and shaming. I hope not. At this point, hope is not all I can do. I can talk things over with people, I can use one of my coping skills, I can do some writing. This involves trusting those things I do to keeping my energies higher and this includes highlights in my hair, invigorating massages, and relaxing arometherapy and in another light helping others and doing chores.
Is Letting Go Different for the Mental Health Survivor
When we say ‘let go’ to the mental health survivor there has to be something to hang on to in order to still be balanced. When I let go of the negative, more positive can come to fill its place. My counsellor would say that I can be more aware of the gifts of the present. Now, it would be the warmth of the fire-place, the relief of freshly watered plants and the anticipation of birds eating bird seed. When there is a sense of the present that is nice. It is then that I can accept being here, in the ‘here and now’ of my life. On the other hand when the present isn’t so nice it is then that we are often lost.
Whether the negativity is in reality or in fantasy, this type of energy can be threatening. I have influenced my space by trying to be in positive energy. This involves spraying the air with water energized with peppermint essential oil, saying prayers about the positive qualities of the room I rent, organizing my things, and decluttering. This also involves playing music to de-escalate conflicting energy or thoughts. By taking small actions to keep things positive or happy, we can let go of some of the diffiult thoughts, moments and emotions. I think the best thing I can do for the energy around me is to appreciate the people that are there for me. Supporting the way we can get ahead in this world can be a co-operative approach. Many of us can appreciate each other and the efforts we take to live well. Has the opportunity to thank that good friend that you give and recieve support with arisen?
Stay tuned for Part II of ‘Is it time to let go again?’
Posted on December 5, 2012, in Balance, Depression, anger and negativity, Emotions, Happiness, Self Esteem and Positivity, mental health, New Age Psychology, Relationships and tagged alternatives to medication, anger management, depression, empowerment, healing, meaning, mental health, positive thinking, purpose, schizophrenia, self-knowledge. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.