Man, was C.S. Lewis right when he said, “It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s the way you carry it.” The monstrosity of the load I’d been carting around – known to some as the infamous year 2020 – was bursting with financial troubles, political woes, and overall dysfunction. With absolutely no discretion whatsoever, I began to not only succumb to my antagonistic stressors, but I began to feed them as well. I was drowning in a sea of negativity. Then, in April of 2021, I developed a little something called conversion disorder. This disorder – often triggered by extreme shock or stress – is a mental health condition that affects the nervous system. I went from working full time to wheelchair-bound overnight.
Now, this isn’t one of those depressing, woe-is-me stories with a less-than-euphoric ending. In short, I recovered fully, discovered a new appreciation for the phrase, ‘self care,’ and learned an incredible amount about the brain (and it’s sometimes autonomous decisions). This blog, which I hope you will consider as written by a friend, combines all of my mental health findings into one simple resource.