When To Power Through
If you’ve been dealing with your mental illness for any length of time, you know that there are just those days that are rough. Sometimes there isn’t even a reason as to why if feels so difficult. All you want to do is stay in bed and vegetate, but you can’t because you probably have adult things to do. Powering through these days is hard, so very hard, but sometimes it’s what needs to be done. Mental illness has this way of making even the most trivial of things into climbing Mount Everest. It’s probably a bit of a stretch to say that doing your laundry is as difficult as climbing mountains. Yet some days, the smallest task take all the energy you have.
For example, going to work at a 9-5 desk job when you’re in the middle of a slide downwards into depression can feel like you have a 200 pound backpack on. However, as we all know, bills wait for no one. Money is a constant stress for pretty much everyone, so if you add mental illness into the mix, things get far more complex. There are just so many things that can go wrong in any given day, that it seems better to just lay in bed all day. These are the days that we need to give it everything we have, and make it through. If you give into your vegetating desires, it will ultimately make your mental illness more powerful. We have to grit our teeth and drive through whatever the cost. Doing so will make you feel better about yourself, and probably tired, meaning you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep. Both of which will make your mental health feel more manageable.
So if you’re anything like me, and you’re having a rough go of things today, remember that you need to get through it. You cannot show your weakness to your mental illness, you are stronger than it. Prove so by making it through the day and letting yourself go at the end of the day because you earned it. So, stay vigilant, and don’t let your mental health sneak up on you during your most vulnerable days.
Best of luck,