All to the Glory of God–that is why I blog and share my story so openly. I want others to know it is possible to live and parent well with mental illness. This, by necessity, causes my posts to be brutally honest, and that is not always pretty.
I have always endeavored to live by the verse 2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
I take a handful of medications, including antidepressants, a couple times a day to keep the Bipolar Disorder at bay. It works, but not alone. Taking medication is not all I do to stay healthy.
Staying healthy is truly a full-time job for me. It requires prayer, doctor appointments, talking to others to keep me grounded, using a vast array of skills to control anxiety, essential oils, staying away from triggering situations, and exercise.
Exercise is a huge part of it. There is no denying that, but just like the medication can’t fix me without other tools, neither can exercise.
That brings me to a radio commercial that drives.me.crazy. In this commercial the person announces how working out 3 times a week is the equivalent of an antidepressant, so to sign up for that yoga class and get sweaty.
Yeah, no. Exercise will never equal an antidepressant for people who need to be on an antidepressant. It just won’t. And insinuating, or flat out saying, that it will is just irresponsible.
There is a stigma around mental illness. There is a stigma around taking medications for mental illness. It helps no one to say they just need to do some yoga and get nice and sweaty.
This time of year can be hard for a lot of people. There are natural triggers, like the lack of sunlight due to shorter days, there are social triggers, such as family stressors. It can be a rough time. And what people need right now is honesty.
Honesty sometimes means saying the hard things, like, “have you considered talking to your doctor about some options to help you?” That’s not easy to say. It’s not exactly easy to hear, but, that…that is love.