One of the more embarrassing and therefore less talked about aspects of mental illness is the difficulty in keeping up with your personal hygiene, particularly if you are going through a period of depression.
New Year’s resolutions can be a great thing for a lot of people, and if they work for you that’s a fantastic thing and completely valid. However, they can also be a lot of pressure and can be tough to stick to. They can evoke feelings of guilt and encourage you to be hard on yourself in the longer term.
When you have a mental illness to deal with or any other struggles, life is already hard enough. Just functioning is difficult enough at times, just getting through everyday life. There is no shame in making life as easy as possible for yourself when you can.
I have found so many benefits of social media on my mental health, especially when it comes to dealing with my Bipolar Disorder and my physical illnesses. For me, Twitter in particular has been fantastic for meeting others who understand my experiences with mental illness and chronic illness.
Bipolar Disorder is a lifelong illness, it’s something that will always be with me and being a positive person by nature, I always try to look at the positive side of things when I feel able. I’m not saying by any means that I enjoy having this illness, there are so many severe negatives that come with it and it makes life so much harder, but I have found some positive aspects in amongst my struggles.
I have found that Twitter is a beautiful place to connect with others who understand your struggles and experiences in your life, whatever they may be. I have connected with other spoonies and others with mental health struggles, and I find the community there so supportive.
Trying to describe your illness and explain how it affects you can be extremely difficult I find, especially when it comes to mental illness. I can find it difficult to express how aspects of my bipolar disorder affect me and I find that sometimes, for some reason, it's easier for me to express myself through poetry.