We all have difficult times when it seems the breaks are beating us and absolutely nothing is going our way. Sometimes things seem bad enough that no matter what we do, things just get worse. This is true for even the most sane of people. Yet this is even tougher for those of us who are mentally ill. We can become agitated and disoriented even on average days. On days when things are going especially bad, the situations that arise can become almost too heavy of a burden to bear.
This is where finding the strength to continue on comes in. Strength to fight the good fight can come from several different sources. A source of strength for a mentally ill person can come from a support person. A support person, whether it is a family member, a friend, a doctor, a counselor, or anyone to hold us accountable can help anyone cope with difficulties.
Everyone needs friends and family to lean on during tough times. Human beings are not meant to be alone and isolated. This is true especially of the mentally ill. We who are mentally ill need to have support systems in place for when things go wrong. Believe me, they will go wrong.
The support system can comfort you, calm your fears, and let you know that these difficult times will not last. Those of us who have weathered the storms of mental illness and come out stronger because of them are in turn better able to help those who are just starting out. It is easy to bemoan that we are different or can’t do what we used to. But that won’t make it any easier for us. And it certainly won’t make us more able to weather the next round of storms or help someone else in need. It sometimes takes an honest and loving support person to remind us of this during our times of distress.
Do not give up. Giving up is not an option. Strength can come from many sources, even from within. Strength to continue on will sometimes be the only thing that carries you through one moment to the next.