I’m trying to find positives in any situation in life. Life with any illness is difficult, so trying to find a silver lining can be one of the few things that can help you get through the day.
I’ve had a good think about my life with mental illness, and it has taught me a few things.
The smallest gesture can make the biggest impact
The stranger you may have smiled at in the street could’ve been having a bad day, that smile could’ve made them feel better about the day.
Sometimes the person you believe is “right” for you is the person that you could be better off without
Despite your feelings for them, they may not have your best interests at heart.
Be kind, you never know what a person is experiencing
The arrogant person you see? Could be insecure. The “annoyingly” happy person? They could be dealing with crippling depression. Things aren’t always what they may seem to be.
Don’t feel guilty about needing to cancel plans
Sometimes you’ll need time to re-energise, there’s no shame in that. People who truly care about you will understand and won’t try to make you feel guilty.
Take it one day at a time
Overy exerting yourself before you’re ready can do more harm than good.
Find an engaging hobby
Keep your mind active. Granted, this isn’t 100% guaranteed to keep those icky thoughts/urges at bay, but it’s good to have routine and something you can put time and energy into. This blog has kept me occupied and gives me some routine in the week when I have downtime.
Try to avoid comparing yourself to others
If we were all the same, life would be boring. You will get to where you want to be in your own time, and at your own pace. Enjoy the journey.
Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint
Any illness is rough to live with. It can be frustrating but you need to take your time with it. Rushing head first into forcing yourself to feel better will only set you back.
Distance yourself from toxic people
This includes family too, you don’t owe anybody anything. If your family is toxic and bringing you down, you need to put up with it. Cut off the friends who belittle you, cut out anybody who makes you feel worse. Don’t feel guilty.
You’re never as alone as you may feel
An old therapist said to me once, that if you’re feeling lonely, look up at the sky because there’s someone looking up at it with you. That brought me a lot of comfort. There are so many support groups online, so many people going through similar things to you.
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