It's really difficult to keep your mental health stable when there is conflict within the family unit. Recently I've been going through a disagreement with very close loved ones and it's taken its toll. I wanted to share some ways that I've been coping and important things to remember.
Living with both chronic pain and bipolar disorder can, needless to say, be extremely challenging. I feel that I'm at a place in my journey within which I'm able to effectively manage my chronic pain and my mental health, but it's a constant balancing act.
I've been trying to stay as positive as possible during this hard time. Things are tough, but one thing I always find comforting is searching for the positives (no matter how 'small') even during dark times. I wanted to start a series each month from now on of the positive's I've found throughout the month.
Lockdown is tough to say the very least. It's taking its emotional toll on many of us, and those of us with pre-existing mental illnesses are no doubt all doing our best to remain as stable as possible. That's easier said than done.
With everything that's going on in the world right now, it's understandable that it would take a toll on anyone's mental health, especially if you struggle with mental illness. I have found it really tough, but I feel that I'm coping fairly well. I wanted to share how I'm coping and managing my bipolar disorder in these tough times, in case it can help someone else who may be struggling.
It's really difficult right now to stay connected to those we love and don't live with because of lockdown. We're no longer able to pop around and visit them, to arrange to meet up or to give each other a cuddle. That's tough, and it feels strange. It can feel isolating. Thankfully, this will pass, and there are fun ways that we can stay connected through modern technology.
I know that there are so many negatives right now. To help myself (and maybe to help others) I wanted to mention some positives I've seen amidst all these really tough times. I know that even some of these positives can have negative sides if you search for them, but I hope you'll join me in seeing the positives and finding some hope.
Right now much of the world is at standstill. I've recently written some posts on how to cope, and on how to keep busy during the lockdown. However, it's also completely ok if you are not able to do much during this time.