Choose a Problem Worthy of Your Time
One of the strategies I use to pull my head out of my ass during a bipolar downswing is to focus my energy on solving problems worthy of my time. It is much easier to shift my focus to a different problem, one of my choosing, than to focus on the problem of my brain feeling depressed and wanting to quit life. This is a strategy I learned in one of my Landmark Education classes and I must say it is rather effective.
A few of the problems in this world that I have chosen to focus my energy on are as follows:
1. I am committed to creating a world where mental illness is viewed no different than other illnesses. A world where people suffering from mental illness are inspired to take charge and manage their condition rather than have it run them thus creating hope for the hopeless and a viable alternative to suicide.
2. I am committed to the empowerment of women in Canada and throughout the world because I believe that when women are empowered they create powerful, healthy and safe communities that serve all their members.
3. I am committed to creating healthy, safe and harassment-free workplaces in Canada and throughout the world.
Keeping these commitments hasn't always been easy. I have been demoted from management positions and laid off from jobs for standing up to my superiors when they wanted to make decisions that favored company profits over worker's safety. I have stood up for myself when being harassed on jobsites and been ostracized by my peers for taking a stand. I have had to find the inner strength to pull myself out of the depths of despair and keep moving forward when my mind kept screaming for me to give up. I have travelled to some of the most dangerous places in the world to connect with other women and be a stand for their empowerment.
As hard as it is to choose problems of this magnitude on which to focus my attention, the payoff is well worth the cost. When my mind travels to those dark places as it sometimes does, telling me that I am worthless, unlovable and no one would miss me if I was gone, another voice enters my mind with a conflicting message. There are huge problems out there more worthy of my time. Convincing my mind that I am worthy and lovable is not one of them. So for that reason I choose to focus on problems greater than my own and when I do my head magically pulls itself out of my ass and sets me off in search of solutions.