Mental Health Warriors: Nyxie’s Nook
Welcome to Mental Health Warriors: Nyxie’s Nook. Today, I would like to introduce you to Chloe from Nyxie’s Nook. Last time, I introduced you to Emily from Be Strong and Fearless. You can read her personal journey here.
Mental health is an issue that needs to be talked about, no matter how difficult it might be so I put up a form on my blog asking people to share their mental health journey. I am moved by the fact these people are willing to share their stories, even though I know it isn’t easy, just to raise awareness and touch the lives of some that might really be struggling and feeling alone.
Here is Chloe’s personal story about mental health, in her own words.
Do you deal with a mental illness?
Yes. I deal with Anorexia Nervosa.
Help me understand what it is like to live with this?
It’s hell. I’m at war with myself every day just to eat.
Have you dealt with this your whole life?
I’ve had anorexia nervosa for over 13 years.
How old were you when you first got diagnosed or got help?
I was diagnosed at 13, and in treatment at 14.
What are some of the survival skills that help you get through a rough day or rough period?
Having my cat and partner with me helps. However, if that doesn’t work, it’s usually sitting down and writing about it.
Have you learned your triggers? Or have you learned how to spot when it is about to get bad?
I’m able to spot my triggers, and also recognize when it’s about to get worse. I know to stay away from scales and weight talk. Toxic people have the potential to put me into a negative headspace.
What is something you can tell people that have family members with a mental illness? Is there anything they can do to help?
We blame ourselves a lot for our own mental illness. The last thing we need is a guilt trip, a lecture or anything along those lines. Be kind, be empathetic, and offer help even if you don’t quite understand it. It’s okay, neither do we.
Words of advice or encouragement?
Without sounding too cliche; It does get better. There is hope and a way out. However, it just requires a lot of effort and tears to get there.
I encourage you to check out these posts (and more) from Nyxie’s Nook.
- Why Do We Blame Ourselves for Mental Illness?
- 10 Things I Wish People Knew About My Mental Illness
- Emotional Avoidance and Recovery
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Thank you so much, Chloe, for sharing your story with us.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10