Positive Confessions are Powerful!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

You have 500 MB left on your subscription! I looked at the message and found it difficult to believe. This was a 5. 5 MB subscription done on October 8th, and today is 24th. In my mind, ‘I have been careful with live streaming and turned off my data when it is not in use, so, how come?

Before I could figure it out, in less than 15 minutes, another message, ‘You have 100 MB left…’ At this point, I said to myself, ‘ let me quickly turn off my data, so I can send some urgent emails! Before I could tap on the data icon, I read, ‘You have 0 data left.. .click to start browsing at …kobo/ flexi…’ Hummmmm! What do I do now? As a Content/ digital Marketer, who deplores Social Media platforms as a means to an end, data life is real life for me, because without data, I can’t get much work done. I felt disappointed because buying another internet bundle was not part of my financial plans at the moment.

In the midst of it all, I reminded myself, ‘ I refuse to be offended’. I choose to make the best of my situation. More so, I declared loudly to myself, ‘this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I choose to rejoice. It is a function of my will. I will put my will where my happiness and ‘rejoicing’ is guaranteed! (All these are myself talk ooo. If you like, you can call it positive self-talk! LOL)

Speaking out my positive confessions helped me to see beyond the limitations in my situation. Next thing I did was open a folder of audio recordings that I needed to transcribe to produce authentic tweets to be scheduled. Next, I remembered the PDF books on my laptop that I needed to read to create content. Yes, I smiled and felt better! Today is not a day to gloom over poor or no internet.  Today is my DAY! And there are a lot of work to be done with or without the internet…and that was how I lived beyond my limitation and got back to work.

What is your peculiar situation today?
What is posing as a limitation?
Look at your situation again. This time, with fresh perspective, you would find creative ways to overcome it. Remember, the Day is a gift from God to you and the ‘Will’ is yours, please use both wisely.

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a Full life.

Scriptural Reference: Psalm 118:24 New King James Version (NKJV)
“ This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the gift of today. Help me to rejoice and be glad in it regardless of any limiting situation I may encounter.



About the photo: I took this when it seemed as though the absence of data was the end of work! Nay! It isn’t. Much can be done.
One lesson about selfies? #Selfies are stress relievers if done in the middle of a limiting situation. LOL

WHEN YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH LOVE, THEN SUDDENLY FINDS OUT THAT YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN! OYO! LOL!

Sunday, August 26, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

As humans, we are intricately wired for relationships. We strive better when we are loved, understood and appreciated. In most cases, we see this in the relationship of a child and the parents/ caregivers. The child looks up to people in their space for emotional, physical and all round development.
Even as grownups, we still need friends and family. We crave to be loved, accepted and understood. We want support from the people we are comfortable with and we want to live life knowing that we are not alone.
However, the sad realization is that, people won’t always, ‘get you’. They won’t always understand your motives and so you may not always get the support you ‘think’ you ‘deserve’ from them. As I write this, it’s Friday morning and I am reflecting on my week. I had work opportunities to add tangible value to lives but also felt a deep hurt and a sense of loss from realizing that my support team is waning. This waning – gradual but firm withdrawal of help from people who were ones cheer leaders – is heart breaking. (Sad)
The sad part is, without the right support, the capacity to accomplish a dream suffers. Emotions can go hay wire, if not put in right perspective and your body language could send negative vibes that worsens the situation.
 SO, what can you do when your support dwindles?
Should you respond or react?
How should you relate without the support?
These are a few thoughts on my mind this morning.
 As a person who has experienced bipolar disorder and with a constant reminder from my underlying words, “my name is precious, I was bipolar and I live a full life’, I have experienced the goodness available in being surrounded with people who would go the extra mile to make you feel loved and appreciated. I am also wise enough to identify that people don’t withdraw their support just because they want to; they withdraw because they want emotional stability. They want their own ‘peace of mind’ intact. Sometimes, they withdraw because it’s time to move on. Their job in your life is done.
Whatever the reasons may be, when the support from friends and family dwindles, a few things to consider are:
1)     Examine Yourself.
How have you been lately? Have you taken their generosity for granted? Is your altitude right?
When you are faced with intense pressure, what is expressed is the real you. When you are squeezed like an orange, what comes out of you?
2)     Manage your expectations.
We need to recognize that everyone has the freedom to live the way they want to live. We can’t keep insisting that a person lives or responds in a particular way just because we believe it is the right way. No. God created us as free moral agents. With this freedom come responsibilities and consequences. The responsibility is on us to manage our expectations from people. Once, a wise old man said to me, “people do not intend to disappoint, it is the circumstances around them that disappoint them”. The best of us with the best intentions still disappoint ourselves! Manage your expectations. Live and let others live.
3)     Remember the good works.
Like the woman who goes through contraction and labours to give birth, then forgets all the pain and discomfort immediately the child is born, sometimes we forget the good works and sacrifices of our support team. Please keep those memories alive and appreciate your support team. Celebrate them with any opportunity you find. Let them know that you appreciate the role they played in your recovery journey or in your life in that difficult phase. Let them know that you love them regardless.
4)     Don’t be tempted to stay emotionally attached.
Emotional attachment is what happens when we spend a lot of time with people we are in sync with. Now when these people decide to move on with their lives, we must learn to let them go without feeling bad. People are in our lives for different reasons and for different seasons. A few are in our lives for the long haul. We must understand this and let them go with love and fight the attachment. It is a painful process for many. With time, it becomes easier. Give yourself time.
5)     Pray.
In the bible, we are told of how Job prayed for his friends. It seemed as though his friends didn’t understand and give him the support he craved for in a difficult phase of his life, still he found the strength to pray for them. When your support wanes, it is painful. Praying for their wellbeing and for the grace to love them regardless can help you navigate through.
6)     Look around from where you are. Look up to God.
“…The two men parted company:  Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom….The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.” Genesis 13: 11b, 14. (NIV)
Look up to God. God has to be to you more than the preacher say He is. You need to know God for yourself. I know that without God, without His word and without the application of His word to my life, I would never be able to live a meaningful life. The people whom God has brought into my life have played specific roles. So when its seems, as though love and support are waning, beyond the pain and withdrawal process, I find the strength to go back to God and ask Him for the grace to stay focused on Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, for the grace to serve Him and do what pleases Him.
 Now, that this is out of my mind, I feel better. Thank you for stopping by at www.idaretoblossom.org and for reading this. You are a part of my support. I appreciate you. If there are topics you want me to talk about as it relates to mental health, recovering and life beyond bipolar disorder, please send an email to idaretoblossom@gmail.com
 
Till the next post!
My name is precious. I was Bipolar and I live a full life.
 

FAITH REALITIES

Saturday, June 16, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-


As I ate the last portion of water melon, I wished for more. It was ripe, sumptuous and delicious.  But like every beginning, the end had come for this ‘water melon’ experience. I cleaned my hands, sat straight and focused my thoughts on how and when the repair of my laptop will be attained. Then, out of the blues, I heard,

“...you finished it and didn’t invite me to join you”. Laughing, I replied, Sorry, I didn’t even know you were sitting next to me.

I was so engrossed in eating my delicious water melon fruit. I love the fruit. He was an elderly man, properly in his early fifties. He was curious to know why I loved the fruit so much. I went on to explain to him how I usually would eat the seeds and also the green skin of the water melon. It is my belief that the seed contains ‘Zinc’ and the green skin contains ‘chloride’. Please don’t ask me who told me that, I just said, it is my belief! LOL. Joke apart; when I chew the seeds of water melon, it tastes like crunchy roosted groundnut peas. The green skin of the water melon fruit can be snacked on when diced into portable shapes. It’s crunchy, taste like cucumber and like apple. These are descriptions from a regular water melon seed and green back eater!

My dear elderly man was pleasantly surprise, he said, “I always thought that the seeds will be edible but I needed someone else to affirm my thoughts. Are the seeds of cumber also edible?” He asked.  Yes. They are. I always eat them. I replied laughing hard.

He smiled nicely, and then frowned briefly, paused and looked really serious. “You seem to know much about fruits, let me ask you something…” then my phone rang. It was my PreciousRuby. I motioned to him that I needed to speak to my husband. When I was through with my call, I turn to see if he was gone. He was still there. Sir, you were about to ask me a question. I asked him, continuing the conversation. “Yes, are there fruits that can help manage diabetes?” He enquired.

He went on to explain how he first discovered that he had diabetes, how sad he felt to take daily medication for it and how it was changing his lifestyle. I listened intently, asking the Lord to give me the right words of encouragement for him.

I tried to make him see that eating fresh fruits can help improve his health but he still needed to take his prescribed medication while praying that God perfects all that concerns his health. I encouraged him to study his health and understand how diabetes was affecting him, to understand how his body was responding to the medication and above all, he needed to come to terms with the diagnosis.

Whether its diabetes, a failed relationship, an unhappy marriage, caring for a loved one who is ill, facing the loss of a loved one or job, discouraged because the funds are low yet expenses are on an increase, troubled about the sad news of insurgence, poverty, war and diseases outbreak that seem to be the headlines these days….one thing is sure, we need to face the reality of these situations through the lens of faith.

Relating this to mental health matters, many people diagnosed with bipolar disorder find it difficult to come to terms with the diagnosis. Facing the Reality of any given situation is one way to forge ahead by accepting that a change is needed. There can be no meaningful change if we do not acknowledge our present realities. Embracing your reality isn’t a license to self-pity.  It is my firm belief that when a reality check is done, the details become clearer. To start with, you are able to recognise the areas you need to work on, pray about and research on to get a fresh perspective.

Till the next post, my name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life.

 

Prayer:

Lord, thank You. I’m grateful that my identity is in You. Who I really am is in you. Everything I need is in you. Help me to see what you see about my situation. Help me to see the world through your lens of faith. Lord, I’m so grateful because I recognize that you are Bigger than any situation that threatens my peace. Lord, indeed, you are big in me. You are Bigger!
 
 

 

EROTOMANIA, HYPERSEXUALITY AND BIPOLAR DISORDER || MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

Is Erotomania another name for hypersexuality? And how does erotomania and hypersexuality play out in bipolar disorder?

“Erotomania is a type of delusion in which the affected person believes that another person, usually a stranger, high-status or famous person, is in love with him or her. The illness often occurs during psychosis, especially in patients with schizophrenia, delusional disorder or bipolar mania. During an erotomanic episode, the patient believes that a secret admirer is declaring his or her affection to the patient, often by special glances, signals, telepathy, or messages through the media. Usually the patient then returns the perceived affection by means of letters, phone calls, gifts, and visits to the unwitting recipient. Even though these advances are unexpected and often unwanted, any denial of affection by the object of this delusional love is dismissed by the patient as a ploy to conceal the forbidden love from the rest of the world. The term erotomania is often confused with obsessive love, obsession with unrequited love, or hypersexuality.” - educalingo.com


“Hypersexuality is extremely frequent or suddenly increased sexual urges or sexual activity. Although hypersexuality can be caused by some medical conditions or medications, in most cases the cause is unknown. Mental health problems such as bipolar disorders can give rise to hypersexuality, and alcohol and some drugs can affect social and sexual inhibitions in some people.” - educalingo.com

Here are my thoughts:
Bipolar disorder can influence a person’s libido and determine their response to sexual intimacy; this can either result in a spontaneous rush into intimacy while throwing caution to the winds or to a cautious approach to matters of the heart while ensuring that the decision to get intimate is well thought through.

Yes, a bipolar patient may be attracted to someone and for no reason feel compelled by their desires to stick with that person, but it is the increased libido that comes with manic episodes that triggers hyper sexuality in bipolar patients. It is the responsibility of the support team to identify when this happens and seek immediate intervention. If you think that a person’s sexuality is being influenced by a manic episode, it is wrong to tell them that they are promiscuous. Or use words or imageries that suggest same. If you do so, you are stigmatizing them. SO what can you do? If you are an influence in that person’s life, you can encourage them to stay out of dating and go back to the psychiatrists to review their medication.

Also, people who manage bipolar disorder can train themselves to say NO and mean it. I believe that sex outside marriage spoils a good relationship. A relationship held in tact with sex will break down no sooner or later because sex on its own is not the only requirement that makes a happy marriage. Love and mutual respect, good communication and understanding are vital for a good relationship that can lead to marriage. So, please stop giving it out for Free. You are worth more.

Choose the person who loves you enough to wait for sex till the wedding night. I made that choice 8 years ago, and every day, I’m thankful to God that I didn’t let hypersexuality ruin my relationship with my finance who is now my spouse. Somehow, I waited.  Sex is worth waiting for.

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a full life

Once Psychotic isn’t always Psychotic || Mental Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

 
Psychosis can accompany a severe manic episode of Bipolar disorder.  When a mentally ill person becomes psychotic, literally, it means that there is a loss of contact with reality and that the person’s sense of reality is highly distorted.  Most of the people we see roaming the streets homeless started with psychosis that didn’t receive prompt professional medical attention or psychosis that wasn’t managed well with a refined bed rest in a Neuro- Psychiatry hospital.  Whatever the cause, in any case, psychosis isn’t good for a mentally ill person. It must be identified early – it is easily identified in the display of unusual behavioral patterns - and given prompt medical attention.
Another reason why Psychosis must be treated promptly is that, the longer a mentally ill persons stays in a psychotic state, the further away from reality they are. The person descried as ‘mad’, roaming the streets naked and not in the right state of mind, might just be in an advanced phase of a mental illness that started with psychosis. Sometimes, as a result of the prolonged delay before treatment, even when they have been treated, there may still be a slight loss with reality displayed in certain behaviourial patterns when some life issues occur. This is one reason why psychotic patients are treated as an emergence and are monitored to take their medication as at when due.
That said, it is important to note that a mentally ill person can recover from a psychosis and learn how to manage their mental health, to identify triggers and to avoid getting into a psychotic state of mind.  Often, the sad reality is that the people who witnessed a psychotic patient, hardly ever forget the scene because it is usually accompanied with a lot of drama.
Some of these people find it difficult to adjust their mindset and accept the fact that 'once a mentally ill patient was psychotic, doesn’t mean that they will always or that they are always in a psychotic state of mind.' This attitude from some people fuels mental health stigma in subtle sad ways.
You are stigmatising a mentally ill person if you feel that they don’t deserve love and attention.
You stigmatise them when you whisper into your friend’s ears and laugh out loud and ignore them as they approach, you may not be talking about them; but when you don’t make the effort to make them understand that, you leave them feeling STIGMAISED. You stigmatise when you give them a disdainful look and nurture hurtful thoughts in your heart. You stigmatise them when you are overly careful in your speech with them because you feel that they can respond with violence.
You stigmatise them when you keep seeing them through the lens of the mental illness they are bravely managing. You stigmatise when you refuse to give them the job because you are afraid they can become psychotic and make a mess of your work space….No! No! No! Psychosis isn’t automatic.  It doesn’t appear unannounced; there are always signs. Always. Hopefully, when my book is out, you would read how psychosis was for me. But for now, please #curethestigma of #mentalhealth by not treating persons who had previously been psychotic as if they are still psychotic. ONCE PSYCHOTIC ISN’T ALWAYS PSYCHOTIC.
My Name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a Full Life
 
 
 


 

Love and Acceptance || Mental Health Awareness Month

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-



I know that it is not easy to love someone who is mentally ill. Still, you can try. I can try. We can try.

If we try, we can.

We can love and accept them regardless of the diagnosis.

A smile goes a long way.

A phone call goes a long gone way.

A hug is huge.

Even though we live in a world that seems to be hurting, we can still spread love. Spread joy, #curethestigma and #endthestigma associated with a mental health diagnosis.

 We can choose to understand them and help them by creating an enabling environment for them to strive. With love, support and professional help, the mentally ill persons can live beyond the limitations of a mental illness.
 
My Name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a Full Life.

Mental Health Awareness Month || A Way Out of Negativity

Monday, May 21, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-


 
Taking POSSIBLE POSITIVE ACTIONS is a way out of Negativity….

Sometimes, when depression hits, it hits really badly....
For me, the worst part of  being depressed is a lack of interest in the beautiful and simple things around - laughter, a smile,  the scent of the flowers,  the colourful butterflies,  the sunsets and sunrise, the love and support from good people, the possibility of good things in abundance, the self-centeredness...

But then, I also know that the only way out of a negative mood like depression is to engage in possible positive actions. This starts with identifying what you can do. What can you do?



I can choose to smile
I can choose to laugh
I can choose to let go
I can choose to speak up
I can dance
I can focus
I can....
I can....

 


Beyond ‘I Can’, I must make a decision to do or to be.

Are you making empowering decisions?

 

 

I choose to be happy
I choose to live beyond depression

I choose to positively affirm myself

I choose to focus on the good in every situation
I choose to combat depression
Beyond daring to blossom, I choose to blossom. And I blossom!

 


The essence of this post is to remind us that, we all must take a stand by our words and actions to create the life we desire. Wishing won’t do it. Engaging in positive self-talk and taking positive steps while making ourselves accountable to our support team can help us achieve emotional stability regardless of our peculiar circumstances.

 

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar and I live a Full Life.

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for the grace to be called a child of God. Thank you because, as your child, I know without a shadow of doubt that your ability is at work in me. Lord, give me the grace to always remember that I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. Help me to remember that in your presence there is fullness of Joy. Help me to be conscious of your presence always. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

 

Mental Health Awareness Month || What is it like to live with a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis?

Sunday, May 20, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

 
 
 
Have you ever felt a relieving sense of peace because you confided in someone you can trust? Thats how I feel each time I get an opportunity to share about my journey with bipolar polar disorder. It isnt so much about confiding in someone I can trust but much more about sharing to demystify the stigma associated with mental illness. A stigma that suggests that, silence is golden, even when it is at the detriment of ones mental wellbeing. Every time I get to share about my sixteen years plus journey with bipolar disorder, I feel relieved, peaceful and freed! This wasnt always the case with me. LOL!

In 2004, by the time I went back to the university to study Theatre Arts, after completing my Diploma-in-Law certification, I was one year plus into my journey with Bipolar Disorder. I was advised to keep the diagnosis to myself and try to cope. I was told that even if I didnt meet the mark, I will still be loved and I will still be my parents child. I was reminded that God is with me always and that He would help me. I was told to be strong. Being allowed to continue my education the face of the intense psychotic episode I was recovering from was a huge step of faith from my parents. In retrospect, they gave me the permission to blossom. And, I DARE TO BLOSSOM.

I Dare To Blossom even on the days when it seems as though my manic seasons are dominating and trying to make a mess of my character.

I Dare To Blossom even on days when depression pays an unannounced visit in the company of a low mood swing.

I Dare To Blossom even though Im aware that Bipolar Disorder is, a mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression.

Now that you have an idea of what Bipolar Disorder is about, please can some of us stop using bipolar as an adjective to describe our thoughts of how unreliable Politicians are or how inconsistent a person is? Bipolar Disorder is a Noun NOT an Adjective.

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that requires love support, understanding, medication in some cases and definitely the professional services of a psychologist, psychiatrists, or clinicians.

Now that you know, please #curethestigma by giving persons living with bipolar disorder the permission to Blossom. Stop labelling them!

 

Mental Health Awareness Month || Is parenting really difficult for the mentally ill?

Saturday, May 19, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-


I am blessed with two adorable children. Together, they make my world beautiful and often times I find myself caught in the middle of how to discipline them and love them without being too soft or overly strict.

I have since learned that parenting is one skill you don’t pick up from a shop or borrow from a loved one. It is my firm belief that it is a skill many are not born with and a lot of people are lacking in that gifting. If parenting can be overwhelming for persons who have never been mentally ill, how do you think it would be for parents who have been mentally ill in the past or who are managing a mental illness? Being a mother of two young children and also a person living with bipolar disorder, I have had to accept the challenge and remain committed to being a better parent each day. Being a parent makes me a better person. I know that two people look up to me and I am determined not to fail them.

For me, the toughest part of being a parent and living with bipolar disorder is the misunderstanding I sometimes receive from friends and loved ones when I do not meet their expectations of who a good parent is. This sometimes results from my ignorance of the ‘generally accepted parenting myths’ or from my inability to manage my emotions and manage the children during a mood swing.

Usually, my first instinct is to ask for help when I find myself in a mood swing situation. In asking for help, I gain time to recover and get back to the right state of mind to manage my children.

So please the next time a parent disclose their mental health status to you, please know that it is not because they want to abscond from their responsibility or because they need your pity, they disclose because they need your help. They need you to understand their struggles so that you can offer creative solutions for them. These solutions are met to be stigma free and have the wellbeing of the child/children at its core.

We all have a role to play to #curethestigma of mental illness in our world.

 

Mood Swings, Strength and Weakness!

Monday, May 14, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

Strength or weakness is a function of how we feel. Our feelings can determine how motivated or demotivated we are. If we do not bring our ‘feelings’ under the control, we can ruin our lives with hasty decisions made from unchecked feelings.

As I write this, its 3:10 am on a Monday morning. The previous week had been coloured with a feeling of weakness, fatigue, pain in my joints, headaches and I felt unmotivated to carry out simple home chores. By Friday of the same week, I made up my mind to go to the hospital for a medical review. I did a few tests, and was given medication for malaria fever. Interestingly, over, the years, I have found out that in dealing with malaria fever, I get to deal with depression. I have observed this in several scenarios so when the feeling of despondency set in with a weakness I could not understand; I kept saying a simple prayer:

“Lord, I receive your strength with thanksgiving. Your strength is made perfect in my weakness because, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

I started the Malaria medication on Friday Morning when I returned from the hospital. I put off my phones and work tools. I slept. I rested. When I picked my children from School, I explained to them that mum needed to rest, and somehow, they permitted me to rest some more by not making me to raise my voice unnecessarily.

By Saturday Morning, when my son woke me up at about 7: 45 am to say, mummy, I’m hungry! I motioned to him to go to daddy. In my sleepy state, I could hear my Precious Ruby saying to him, ‘mummy needs to rest, come let’s go to the kitchen and make you something to eat’. 

By Sunday Morning, I still felt tired; I noticed that the ripening boil behind my right ear felt bigger when I touched it. I spent Sunday at home. I got an inspiration for mother’s day and shared it with one of my ‘motherhood’ photos.

By evening, my Precious Ruby encouraged me to accompany him to an evening love fest organized by his service unit in Church. I was glad I attended. Apart from the food, I enjoyed the question and answer time, the jokes and the walk outside. By the time I got home, I felt so good. Yes, ‘Feelings’ again.

So, what caused the difference in how I felt down and how I felt so good now?

I felt so good that I began to sing with gratitude in my heart. I was able take the clothes out of the washing machine, I washed one of the bathing rooms, Bathed my children and dressed them up, I guess I felt happy also because, there was no need to prepare dinner because we had so much to eat at the love fest! LOL!!! But really, I felt good. This feeling of goodness came with strength to do the little things that mattered that I mentioned above. As little as they sound to you, being able to do them is a sign of victory over a possible depressive phase. Writing about it now makes this victory even better. I am grateful to God, because He heard my prayer and made a way for me stay emotionally stable over the weekend regardless of my ‘feelings’.

The essence of this post is to make you recognize that,

1.    Even though the mood swing that accompany a bipolar disorder diagnosis can show up without prior notice, understanding yourself and knowing your triggers can help you identify the subtle appearance of a mood swing.

2.      Try to express how you feel to your support team.

3.      If you are seeing a Psychiatrists or a clinical psychologists please discuss your mood swings with them so that they can help you adjust your medication. Don’t adjust your prescribed medication without their approval. Wrong Step!

4.    Rest. Rest. Rest.

5.      Don’t be so hard on yourself about the things you are unable to achieve/do because of the demotivation of a low mood swing.

 

6.      Ask for Help.

Ask God for help by praying. Ask your loved ones (your support team) for help by being sincere about how you feel and by making an effort to get better regardless of how you feel.

 

7. Celebrate your victories.

In this Mental Health Month, it is important to note that to many people, waking up, taking a bath, doing house chores, and interacting are common, easy to do things. For a person who is in a low mood swing, these are huge tasks. If you see them doing it, please celebrate them. Don’t judge them as been lazy or as practicing helplessness.

Dear Mental Health Warrior/Survivor, please celebrate your victories, you have come a long way, I celebrate your dear!

 

Thanks for being a part of my space, I appreciate you.

 

My name is Precious, I was Bipolar, and I live a Full Life.

 

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-

 
 
 
 
I'm a better woman because I have great mothers besides my biological sweet mum. If you have looked out for me, prayed for me, scolded me - corrected me - instructed me in love, called me to order and given me an opportunity to blossom, then you are not just a woman in my life; you are a mother, one who has helped in nurturing me into the quality of woman I am today.
 
As I look up to God for the gr...ace, strength and wisdom to be the Mother He has designed me to be to my children and to the lives around me, I am conscious of four pairs of eyes that are always looking up to me for succor, counsel and hope - my children.
 
They make me a better person, and I am forever grateful to God for the gift of their presence in my life.

Thank you Mothers and a joyful Mother's Day Celebration to you all!

Mental Health Awareness Month || Reduce Mental Health Stigma by being Productively Engaged

Friday, May 04, 2018 0 Comments A+ a-


Dear Mental Health Warrior/Survivor,

It is my firm belief that depression and all those things that plague the mind will be stranded, that is; they will not have an opportunity to fest on our minds or gain access into or lives if we are productively and proactively engaged.

So get productively engaged! By working with your gift and maintaining your mental health, you are reducing mental health stigma in your own way. By identifying your strength and in born natural abilities to add value to the society, you are creating an empowering narrative for persons who live with a mental health diagnosis.

I believe that we all have something unique to offer. Being diagnosed with a mental illness doesn’t reduce your value; it only presents an opportunity for you to rise above the limitations, develop your gifts and use them to serve humanity. If you are consistent in doing this, you are on the way to creating a source of livelihood for yourself. The good thing about having a source of livelihood as someone who lives with a mental health diagnosis is that, you can afford your medications, hospital appointments and other necessaries of life. Another advantage is that you are better equipped to manage more responsibilities and you earn respect which in turn boosts your self-esteem.
I know that as a mental health survivor/warrior, one question on your mind as you read this will be, 'I do I secure a job?' Please read Can Disclosing Your Mental Health Status Prevent You From Getting A Decent Job?