Speaking out – 3 ways it has affected me so far 

Before I boarded my first flight I did a quick post on Facebook to introduce all my connections to this blog. It wasn’t an easy decision which I had been chewing over for more than a week before deciding to go for it. 

I must have typed and retyped it up in my notes about a zillion times, and the more I did it, the more I doubted whether this really was a good idea. 

But this journey I’m on is all about pushing myself so I pressed “post”, turned off my phone and forgot about it for a while.

Flight between Maldivian Islands

It’s been a few days since then and I’ve since been through an emotional rollercoaster which has affected me in many ways but these are the dominant three feelings:

1. Overwhelmed. 

The response to the post was immensely positive, I’ve had lots of messages from a range of people with kind words and some even opening up to me about their mental health. I feel so happy that already I have touched some people and given them comfort. On the down side I got too overwhelmed because all of a sudden everyone I’ve ever met now knows something about me which I have held a secret for so long. Telling people about my illness is an amazing step forward but terrifying because I can’t hide from it anymore which is extremely unnerving for me. 

2. Sadness. 

One of the things I hate about PTSD is the grief it causes inside of me and I hate to offload that pain on to other people that I care about so because of that I don’t talk about my issues in much detail, if at all. Once I finally got wifi in Male, Maldives and read some of the messages I had received from my extended family and other connections it completely broke my heart to see how sad they were that I have been going through so much alone which lead to me sobbing away for hours until I fell asleep. Having said that knowing I have their love and support means the world to me and is a wonderful feeling.

3. Relief. 

Mental illness has a poor reputation so I was expecting some sarcastic or rude comments from people who don’t take it seriously. But I’m so relieved I haven’t had a single bit of negativity from anyone which makes me wonder if I had made a bit of a mountain out of a mole hill of the situation. At the end of the day I know my blog and illness is very personal to me but it shouldn’t have to be this hard to talk about.

Considering all of the above and add that I’m alone in a new country and was exhausted from traveling with a whirlwind of emotions it all resulted in me feeling like I had lost all control of myself and my surroundings. I felt completely overwhelmed and had so much anxiety then became so so dizzy that eventually I had one of the worst breakdowns I’ve had in a long while and it really, really scared me. 

After my lovely Mum calmed me down I reflected on the last few days and I really have had some wonderful experiences already! And at some points of the day when I forgot about everything I felt so peaceful and entranced by my beautiful surroundings that I know I have to keep going for a little while longer. 

I hope once I’ve settled in I can get a grip on my surroundings and really throw myself into living a little bit! 

First day volunteering at a turtle sanctuary
Writing these blogs is proving tough but rewarding, please give me a follow if you find them helpful or share to spread more awareness about mental health. 

Published by themindfulplanet

Hello and Welcome! I’m Anna and have been dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since I was seventeen years old. My mission and my passion is twofold: Firstly I would love to reach out to anyone who feels, for whatever reason, that they can’t do something big or small. I hope that by reading my blog I can encourage people to take steps in the right direction towards a goal or a lifelong dream to be fulfilled. You don’t have to have a mental health issue to feel anxious, scared or unsure to do something. Secondly I will be blogging about my past experiences to show how the challenges of normal life and traveling alone affect someone like me. There needs to be a change in how people perceive mental health, so what better way than to see than the world through my eyes? I am very fortunate to have had some brilliant support over the years but I know others aren’t so lucky. I would love it if I could help anyone to realise that they are not alone and the world is still your oyster! Give me a follow for updates!

3 thoughts on “Speaking out – 3 ways it has affected me so far 

  1. Hi Anna. I’m a friend of your mum who told me about your blog. I hope it’s OK to send you a comment! You’ve been through such a lot in the past few days alone, I do hope you’ll find some calm through the really brave things you’re doing. I am your mum’s age and now know that I have had mental health illnesses from my late teens until now. I look at what you are accomplishing now, however hard it may be (and I really do understand that it’s hard), and I am full of respect for you. In hindsight I never really knew what was wrong with me and why I felt like I did, and years – decades – have drifted by, during which I’ve been successful and resourceful to the outside world, whilst feeling completely the opposite on the inside. I admire so much what you are doing and the sheer courage it’s taking – but it’s such a marvellous step to take. Just get over the next few days, and get some sleep, and I am sure the relief will grow and you’ll love your new surroundings and new experiences. Best wishes with everything.

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  2. Anna, by sharing your story, you help to educate those who have been lucky enough to never have to deal with a mental illness. It helps to give others a better understanding of some of the challenges of living with the many types of mental issues.

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