What My Mental Illness has Taught Me
Hey, Nerdy Peeps! I know this post is coming to you a day late, but Thursday was a busy and fun-filled day for me and time ran out to make a post. I am making up for it today though, with a what my mental illness has taught me!
Education on mental illness is important…
A lot of people don’t understand what mental illness is, so I have learned the best thing to do is help them understand. If you educate people on what you go through it helps them understand how your mental illness affects your daily life. Now, some people will understand and some just won’t. Those are the people who usually say “it’s all in your head.” I have a post on the phrases I hate that you can check out here.
I don’t have to be perfect…
This is a big one for me. I am nowhere near perfect, no matter how much my anxiety needs me to be. I make mistakes just like everyone else, and I am learning that it’s ok.
Take it one day at a time…
It takes one day at a time to fully function with mental illness. I take a lot of small steps to get through one day of anxiety and depression, and I do my best to get through it without any episodes.
I am not damaged…
This is one thing I have to remind myself pretty much on a daily basis. Just because I live with mental illness does not make me damaged. I am the same girl I have always been, but now I have a little more speed bumps I have to hurdle over. See, my mental illness hasn’t always been an issue until I was in my late teens. From there it got worse.
Medications can help… (but it’s not for everyone.)
Since my mental illness was getting worse, I was convinced by my hubby to talk to my doctor about it. My doctor suggested taking a medication to help me regulate my mental health. And thank God she did, because it has been the biggest help and I have felt a little more like myself. Check out the post on this topic here!
What my mental illness has taught me
These are the most important things my mental illness has taught me. Every day is a big fight, but I do my best to get through it and take a win over my anxiety and depression. Life is not as easy as I would like it to be, but it’s my life and honestly, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Yes, I fight a daily struggle with my anxiety and depression, but I fight. I mean sometimes I am shocked I get out of bed, but hey I do it!
If you have a mental illness, what is something it has taught you?