The Road to Wellness

#TheStruggleIsRealGirl Power

For those of you that have been following my posts, thank you. I appreciate your support through tough times and I am inclined to share how I have gotten better. You might wonder what I refer to. In this case, I refer to my road to battling and getting better due to my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Due to stress, the past few weeks have been dark, but through it all let it be noted there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I have been following the proper steps to get better, which I thought I’d share here.

Armed with the support of friends and family, as well as co-workers, I have been doing my best to get past the darkness. What follows are my top three tips to feeling good, even through dark times, and what you can do to stop the sadness as much as possible and to enjoy the every day.

1. Enjoy a staycation: I am blessed to live in South Florida, and was even more lucky to enjoy a staycation at the Palms Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach this past weekend. Not too far from home, the beach property offered the perfect change for me to recharge my batteries as I relaxed by the pool, enjoyed the view of the ocean from my room, grabbed an organic dinner at their signature restaurant known as Essensia,  and even enjoyed a signature facial at their Aveda Spa. My advice is, no matter where you are, dedicate time to yourself. I also meditated, read a book and listened to music as I enjoyed my time at The Palms. After much solo time, I realized that everyone in the world needs time for themselves, let it be to enjoy the moment and really focus on what’s inside.

2. Surround yourself with the right people: It’s sad to see how many “friends” disappear when you go through a rough time, but it’s fantastic to see who resurfaces or who appears when you most need them. I lost count of the emails, texts and even visits I obtained while I have been dealing with this tough time in my life and I most appreciative. My advice is, surround yourself with positive and enlightening peers who will see the best in you a rise you when you feel like you’re falling. It’s the best medicine.

3. Don’t skip therapy: If you have a condition and feel like you need help, please don’t skip therapy. I had become so consumed in my career that I hadn’t seen my doctor in over a month, and that was not helping and would not help my recovery. Whatever your therapy style might be, let it be the support of a group, of a friend or even a doctor, make sure you are honest and don’t disregard the help they bring you. If you follow this advice, you will be on the road to wellness in no time at all.

Aurora Dominguez
Aurora Dominguez is currently a high-school teacher. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she will never regret the time she packed up three suitcases to move to sunny Miami, Florida to pursue her Master’s Degree in Mass Communications at Florida International University. Proud to be in her 30’s, Aurora loves meeting young minds when she teaches that are eager to learn the ever-changing wonders of today’s fast-paced world of journalism. Some of Aurora’s loves include writing, pop music, jeans and graphic tees, her friends, champagne and her husband Sebastian. She can be found gossiping over wine with her girlfriends, at a concert or enjoying days off with the hubby.

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