The Flip Side / by McKenzie Roers

Positivism: the art of letting your brain swim in the comforting waters of warmth, happiness, and carefree

I read it more often than I practice it: creating your own happiness. Knowing with every square inch of the muscle responsible for thinking, breathing, and blinking, it is still something that I chase relentlessly. 

Tell me, have you felt the sensation of a positive though process? Have you felt that sweeping softness that consumes the thoughts swirling around, making them all feel a little lighter, a little brighter. It's intoxicating, the bliss. 

After numerous eye rolls regarding how much better individuals feel when they dedicate the time to write five things that they are grateful for at the end of each day, I finally succumbed and tried it. The little things become more apparent: the breaths of air I get to take with ease, the two feet that allow me to walk, run, hike, and bike. 

Living with Bipolar, even with it being minimal compared to the extremes it provides, I have found myself in the ebb and flow of learning how to manage the lows in a way that it doesn't let me dip too low. That's where the above practice came into play - switching up my mentality and recognition of positives instead of negatives. Easier said than done, especially when you can't get out of bed while your mind swims in misery with itself. 

I wanted to address it because I wanted to normalize it. My daily functions exists, they have never ceased to in regards to my mental state. Somehow, there is always something that picks me up and pushes me forward.