Been forcing myself out of my comfort zones more the last few days. I’ve been leaving my apartment more often and forcing myself to socialize. Ran many errands I had been neglecting during the winter. Getting stocked up on house supplies and cleaning agents so I can do my spring cleaning more properly. Going to get that started in a few days. After a few warmer than usual days we are back into winter. While I knew this was going to happen, I’m still a little disappointed in myself for not taking more advantage of the warmer weekend. But in terms of supplies and things I’ve been putting off for the last few weeks I’m pretty much caught up.
Been feeling a little less at ease as I’ve been forcing myself to expand my horizons. That’s probably why I’m a little more irritable than usual. That and I’m attempting to readjust my sleep patterns so I don’t sleep all day while being awake all night. I could tell this routine was starting to take a toll on me. I don’t understand how people who work night shifts for years do it without losing their sanity. I used to work night shifts at a factory. While the work was simple enough and the pay good, I just couldn’t adapt to sleeping all day and working all night five nights a week. After several weeks my work started to suffer and I had to leave the job once my request for a different shift was denied. I could tell a breakdown was coming if I stayed there.
While I’ve been socializing more I have found I really haven’t lost my social skills in spite spending weeks essentially alone. I still prefer to spend most of my time alone, but sometimes things like this come and go in phases. Sometimes I’ll want to sleep all the time and sometimes I won’t want to sleep at all. Sometimes I’ll want to socialize every day and sometimes I’ll want to go entire days where I talk to no one. But at least at this point in my life with mental illness I can recognize this and plan accordingly.
I am struck by how squarely you are facing the challenge.