The truth is that it appears that I had, without realizing it, been going through an episode where my mental health was not as good as I thought it was.
I don’t know about you, but that happens to me sometimes. In my head, and as far as I am aware, I think that I am managing much better than I really am.
And then something happens and I realize that this has just not been the case.
Now depending on what has happened during that period, or more specifically, how much damage has been done during that period. I either do my best to fix any damage and move on or – where the damage has been great – it sends me into another deeper episode of poor mental health.
And that is what happened this last time.
But thankfully I think I am at least coming out of that episode now and whilst I know my mind still isn’t ‘right’ so to speak. And whilst writing posts like this is taking me way longer than it would normally take (and requiring far more corrections that normal), I am at least able to post again.
So I wanted to apologize for not having posted here for such a long time.
And I also wanted to share some good news and some hope for those who like me struggle with self-harming.
Even though I had obviously been going through a period of bad mental health and even though – on realizing this and that some damage had been done as a result of this – I am so grateful that in all this I haven’t, as far as I can tell, self-harmed.
That is not to say that the need or the urges haven’t been there. In fact it was during and fighting the most recent compulsion to self-harm which made me realize that despite knowing that I had had them, I hadn’t responded to them how I normally would.
I am so encouraged by this! And I wanted to share it with you as a way of sharing that there is hope.
Thankfully, I have had a lot of support lately – even and especially whist going through this latest bad episodes and I am sure that this has helped.
I think that this whole realization and indeed the thought processes surrounding my self-harming came as a result of my watching a movie yesterday and a song which was featured in that movie. It is not a song (or artist) which I was aware off, until now, and it really spoke to me when I heard it.
So I thought I would look for it on YouTube and share it with you. The song is “Breathe Me” and the artist is called ‘Sia’. I hope it speaks to you as it spoke to me.