Mental Health Struggles And a Well-Deserved Break

Just a quick message from me today, I was going to wait until the weekend before I announced this but I don’t see the point in waiting anymore…

Basically, I’ve been trying to deal with some worsening anxiety and depression spirals lately. It’s not been very good for me. Trying to date while dealing with these things has been next to impossible and same with trying to find a job. My moods are so low and dark that I see everything in a very negative light. Add on to that the responsibilities of school, parenting and blogging, and I just don’t have the time or energy right now for all of it. Blogging has, at times, really helped me to feel better but it’s feeling more like just a compulsion lately and I want it to feel fun and fresh again.

My brain is exhausted from constantly working over-time and my creative juices are getting all dried up. I feel like I’m lacking the happiness and energy which it takes to make really great written work. I need a mental health break. For the first time in my life I’ve been prescribed some SSRI’s and those take some time to work as well…

I’ve made a collaborative poem with Brad of Common Sensibly Speaking which will be posted tomorrow, and then after that my plan is going to be to take the rest of October away from blogging to just work on my mental health, find a job and to do some quiet writing on my novel. I’m sorry if this will disappoint anybody, but it’s just what needs to happen and I hope you’ll all still be here when I come back. I’m sure I’ll still be browsing blogs for reading material from time to time and anyone is welcome to reach out to me via my contact page if you need me.

I will also be working on some Behind the Author interviews and other types of posts to create a small stockpile for when I come back. That might help alleviate some of the blogging pressures. I might try integrating some more guest posts as well, especially poetry, so if you have poem you’d like to pitch to me for a spot in November I’d love to hear about it. Just reach out to me on my contact page to get my email address.

ย Take Care And Best Wishes โค

108 thoughts on “Mental Health Struggles And a Well-Deserved Break

  1. I’ll miss your posts, but you absolutely must have some ‘me’ time! My understanding from my daughter and her medication is that it may take two or three weeks and then you’ll see some difference in your frame of mind :). Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. you’ve got a lot on your plate, so the blogging break seems like a good idea. I hope you take advantage of all the resources that are available to you to get you in a better state of mind. I’ll be thinking of, and rooting for, you. I’ll miss your posts, and look forward to when you are ready to come back.

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  3. I wouldn’t call myself psychic, but I did feel that you were down lately. I thought, I was giving lame comments since I can’t seem to feel the Mathew I came to know here in blogosphere… this explains it.
    Don’t worry. To be honest sometimes blogging can feel like a burden for me too, that’s when I’ll disappear 2-3 days or even a week before coming back.
    I’m not sad or disappointed at all because you’re not leaving blogging for good and is only taking your much needed break.
    I’m done reading Emotions in Motion and I love it as much as I thought I would. ๐Ÿฅฐ I plan to post a review soon. So, best of luck with your next book Mathew! Stay strong. See you in November ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿค—

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    1. Yeah I’ve been feeling disconnected from most people because I’ve just been trying to do too much. So it wasn’t personal. I’ve just been getting lost in my head and trying to produce. Trying to do school work. Trying to be a Dad. Thinking about dating… Etc… It’s made me quite depressed. Thanks for understanding and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it. <3<3<3 I might email you this month as I try to plan out my post-break blog ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Sorry to hear all that Mathew. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I only have my job and my son to deal with (my husband is old to take care of himself) and many times my plate is too full for anything else. I can simply imagine adding more to that, such as school work and dating…ah ah๐Ÿ˜ฉ… I’ll wait for that email ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Good for you Mat on taking care of yourself first. I hope this break is just what you need to come back feeling rejuvenated and not so overwhelmed from all of your responsibilities. I will miss reading your posts, but look forward to your return.
    I may send you a poem for your consideration to guest post in November. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I’m sorry you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and I think taking a break is a good idea because trying to do everything can get overwhelming. I hope the break helps with your mental health and you feel better soon.

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  6. You have always been such a BRILLIANT INSPIRATION to us at WP Mat! โค๏ธ You do what your soul asks you to do, dear Soul Brotha โ€ฆ. we will be here โ€ฆ. and we will continue to celebrate you and your brilliance that touches our hearts and minds! ๐Ÿ’›โœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’›โœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’›โœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ

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  7. Take care of yourself, my friend. You deserve the very best, and I hope that you can find it in your journal, your schoolwork and your adorable little girl.

    If you need anyone to talk to, you know how to reach me. I’d be happy to listen if you ever need an ear. And if not, guess we’ll talk when we talk.

    Wishing you well โค

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  8. Get well soon, Wolf Boy! ๐Ÿบ
    I’ve been through all this just few days before and I do understand how painful the feeling is.
    Mental diseases do hurt as much physical ones, if not more… And it was right of you to take this break. Cure well soon! Lots of positive vibes and prayers.
    Warmest regards to you!
    (P.S. you may resent me a bit, but I still think you are very awesome! Always strong, I know you would shine) ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. I appreciate your thoughts and concern. Your well wishes mean a lot to me. I don’t really like the term disease, it’s just a bad way of thinking but I know what you mean and I don’t resent you.

      Take care Dragon. See you in a while. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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  9. Break are needed when you can feel that its needed. Take your break to take care of yourself. Get thosr fresh Vibes flowing. I’ll be waiting to see all your awesome new stuff. Thanks for being real. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿค—

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  10. Take care friend. Health is more important and so glad you’re taking your time off to figure things out. There’s no need to feel any pressure about it, we are all human beings and we have our ups and downs. (I had taken a break from blogging as well when I was a bit low๐Ÿ˜‰) . I wish you happy days ahead and feel free to reach out. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. While I am tremendously happy to hear you are taking a break to rest and rejuvenate, I am saddened to hear about your mental health. Only you can know what thatโ€™s like for you, but I can tell you that youโ€™re not alone. Which is a strange mixture of relief and sadness on behalf of the other sufferer at the same time.
    Iโ€™m not saying you are, but please do not be ashamed of taking medication. I only say this because I struggled for a long time with the stigma surrounding medication for mental health. But this is ludicrous. It doesnโ€™t FELL that way, but it is. Your physical brain is taxed, and therefore you need some physical help. No big. Iโ€™m just grateful we have that option in modern times.
    Rest up, my friend, and I pray you come back stronger and blogging becomes a joy to you again. Blessings…
    ~Mandy

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    1. โค Thanks Mandy. I also was judgemental against medication for a long time and it was only in the last 6 months that I had changed my mind about that sort of thing. I’m no longer worried about it. Thanks for being a caring support โค

      I am already working on stuff for November ๐Ÿ˜

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  12. I will still be here ๐Ÿ˜Š I Don’t take blogging as a job or a have to. I just write when I have something to say or sort out for myself or remember, you go get better first and then come write some nice stories for me again, you hear?

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