No matter what you do to stay healthy, you can’t guarantee you’ll never get sick. It’s the same for physical and mental health. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try. Because making unhealthy choices puts us at much greater risk of being unhealthy.
We can give our bodies and minds their best chance at health.
If you saw me running along the edge of cliff, you’d try to stop me so I didn’t fall over the edge; going off medication is similarly dangerous for me and others who suffer severe mood disorders. As my psychiatrist says, lamotrigine is my safety net. It keeps me from falling back into the blackness of suicidal depression.
I’m over at Defying Shadows talking about some healthy habits we all should practice, whether or not we suffer from mental illness.
Number one on the list is checking on yourself. How often do you ask yourself Am I okay? It may sound silly, but you need to pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and actions, and what they reveal about how you’re actually doing, especially if you suffer from a mood disorder.