Digging deeper to find the cause of my chronic illnesses

#MentalHealthMonday⁣⁣It’s been about a year since this pandemic marathon started. How are you doing? ⁣⁣Up and down? Sick of it all? Hanging in there?⁣⁣I wanted to share a bit about my last three months, in case it helps you in some way. ⁣⁣The combination of another health challenge (shingles), pandemic stress, anxiety over our divided country... plus burnout from working my businesses extra hard during the holiday shopping season while I was sick absolutely kicked my butt. Some days, I could only get out of bed for 2-3 hours before crashing.⁣⁣I considered quitting my businesses... because how can I possibly run them if I'm sick so much? ⁣⁣I cried. I rested. I questioned everything in my life. ⁣⁣I felt hopeless. Got angry at my body. Blamed myself. ⁣⁣Then I dug deeper. ⁣⁣I've lived with various chronic illnesses for decades, since I was a kid. I believe they’re tied to some unresolved childhood trauma that I'm finally working through in therapy. ⁣⁣I believe they’re my body's way of telling me to listen to it, take care of it, and slow down. Illness is how it expresses the internal anxiety that I just recently discovered has been humming in the background my whole life. ⁣⁣I'm still not at 100% and I'm still desperately trying to find that balance between getting things done and resting without feeling guilty. ⁣⁣I know we are ALL going through stuff with this pandemic. And I see how life’s "usual" hard times are magnified during this season. ⁣Please know that you are not alone, take good care of yourself, and get help if you need it.⁣⁣If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁣⁠⁣If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff to help address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠⁣xx ️⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#ichoosebeauty #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthissues #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthawareness #selflovejourney #healingtrauma #mentalhealthsupport

It’s been about a year since this pandemic marathon started. How are you doing? ⁣⁣

Up and down? Sick of it all? Hanging in there?

⁣⁣I wanted to share a bit about my last three months, in case it helps you in some way. ⁣⁣

The combination of another health challenge (shingles), pandemic stress, anxiety over our divided country… plus burnout from working my businesses extra hard during the holiday shopping season while I was sick absolutely kicked my butt. Some days, I could only get out of bed for 2-3 hours before crashing.⁣⁣

I considered quitting my businesses… because how can I possibly run them if I’m sick so much?

⁣⁣I cried. I rested. I questioned everything in my life. ⁣⁣

I felt hopeless. Got angry at my body. Blamed myself. ⁣⁣

Then I dug deeper. ⁣⁣

I’ve lived with various chronic illnesses for decades, since I was a kid. I believe they’re tied to some unresolved childhood trauma that I’m finally working through in therapy. ⁣⁣

I believe they’re my body’s way of telling me to listen to it, take care of it, and slow down. Illness is how it expresses the internal anxiety that I just recently discovered has been humming in the background my whole life.

⁣⁣I’m still not at 100% and I’m still desperately trying to find that balance between getting things done and resting without feeling guilty. ⁣⁣

I know we are ALL going through stuff with this pandemic. And I see how life’s “usual” hard times are magnified during this season. ⁣Please know that you are not alone, take good care of yourself, and get help if you need it.

  • ⁣⁣If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.⁠⁣⁠⁣
  • If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, @mentalhealthamerica can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff to help address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you. ⁠

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