The holidays are over, and the new year is a great time to consider a fresh start in your approach to managing your mental illness. So here are some self care methods that may help ease your anxiety and depression when things are bad.
It is difficult to stand on the outside and try and properly deal with or help someone who is mentally ill, especially when they are having a crisis. Mental illness is a thing that cannot be described accurately, it can only truly be understood when it is experienced. So, for the sake of those who are struggling to be a proper support to their loved ones, I have compiled a list of things you should never say or do to your mentally ill friend.
We can never lose hope. Losing hope means falling deeper into the abyss that is fighting for complete control of you. Never let it accomplish that goal. Never forget who you are. You are strong. You are loved and loving. You are precious and deserve happiness and goodness in your life.
The suffering from mental illness is staggering and heart breaking. When someone has a chance to open a window to a global scale of mental health issues, the hardship that exists comes into view, and it is difficult to look at. It gives a much needed perspective of the help that is needed and not being given.
Sometimes when someone suffers through a tragedy and they are being consoled they will describe their feelings by saying, "I feel so depressed." Sometimes people will use the phrase in an even more casual manner, to describe how they feel when their favorite show gets cancelled or their friends ditch them for the night. To those of you who are well mentally, let me give you some kind advice when it comes to using this expression. Don't.
Since I was a child, my faith in God has been the center point of my life. Although I have not always chosen to put into practice the rigors of faithful practice and keep up the moral restrictions of godliness, there has never been a point in my life when I have not believed in …
This is what you must realize about people with mental illness. They are all around you, but you can rarely pick them out. It's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. On the outside we all look the same. But you might very well be standing in line next to someone who is on the verge of tears, or in the clutches of panic, or planning on going home and swallowing a bottle of pills.
I may be coming out of the gate a little strong here, claiming to be able to educate the masses on a certain breed of drugs as if I am a pharmacist or something even close to that. I am not. I am however fairly intelligent, able to read and research, and bringing to the table the world's best educator: experience.
Too many people on the sidelines prefer to stay on the sidelines out of fear. They are scared that they won't know what do say or how to act. When people have friends with mental illness they don't know what to do because they don't know what they're dealing with. What they don't realize is that most sufferers of mental illness don't know what they're dealing with either.
For today's post I want to share with you a poem that my daughter wrote not too long ago. To read such dark words birthed from the heart of such a young, sweet, innocent girl seems an atrocity, but seeing the courage and strength she has drawn upon to fight the invisible monster that is mental illness is truly inspiring. I hope it shocks you and inspires you.