I’m okay. I’m okay. It’s okay. I’m okay. I am a-okay.
Words I have been repeating to myself for two months now. Words to reassure myself that my declining mental health is okay. It is just a blip. I am strong and can fight back and it IS okay.
But it’s time to be truthful to myself. Because I am NOT okay.
My depression is getting worse. My OCD more debilitating and my anxiety more overwhelming. On top of that my physical health seems to be hitting rock bottom again too.
And it’s starting to become too difficult to stand up and tell the world that I am okay. Too difficult to even tell myself it.
Yes, I have good days and I cling to them with everything I have. But they are few and far between at the moment. And that is worrying.
So I need to stand up and shout that I am NOT okay. I NEED to be truthful so that I can break down the stigma surrounding mental health - it isn’t about always being defeated, or about winning forever.
But also because once I am truthful to myself about not being okay then I can start working on fighting back again.
Something I am now already doing again. A long uphill battle, again. But one that will always be worth it because life is a gift and I have to remember that it is precious. I am not going to let my mental or physical health take that away from me.
Not now. Not ever.