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3 Things to Remember to Help You Live with Mental Illness

3 Things to Remember to Help You Live with Mental Illness

You really are not alone. Mental illness affects so many people.

Depression and mental illness are tough to live with, and can often make you feel alone. You really are not alone. There are millions of people in this world. Even if you feel like your world is crashing down, it really will get better. Here are some other things that might help you out.

It’s OK to Not Be OK

It’s so easy when you’re having negative feelings to get all caught up in them, especially when you suffer from a mental illness. Then, when you are caught up you start to feel worse because of it. Then, everything pretty much just snowballs from there. Don’t fall into that big, dark snowball! Just because you’re not OK right now doesn’t mean you’re going to stay that way. If you’re feeling bad, don’t let it get the better of you. That isn’t to say that you should just take all your bad feelings and shove them away. If you feel bad, own it. It really is OK to not be OK sometimes. You’re allowed to have not-so-good days. Just don’t let them get the better of you.

Perfection is Not a Real Goal

Today’s society is obsessed with perfection. Everyone wants the perfect job, house, car, body, spouse, child, family, friend, the list just keeps going. What many people need to realize is that they need to stop striving for perfection and just work on being happy. If you’re trying to be perfect, you’ll never be happy. True perfection just doesn’t exist. Stop trying to be perfect and just work on being happy.

You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

When you suffer from mental illness, you might feel like the world is judging you. In reality, no one pays as much attention to you as you do. Really! Everyone is so wrapped up in their own lives, they don’t have time to go over yours with a microscope. It’s impossible to see yourself the way others see you, so don’t even worry about it. As long as you’ve taken proper care of yourself, that’s all that matters. Your mental illness is a part of you, but it’s not the only part. Focus on your whole self, you may be surprised at what you find.

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