May 3, 2018

5 Things To Remember When Life Feels Like It's Kicking You In The Ass.

Come May, I usually write a little ditty about my mental health or addictions or whatever else helps get mental health awareness out there. Here's a list of "mind fights" many people go through on a regular basis, and tips on how to handle them.

Understand Some Things Are Beyond Your Control
So many of us wish we can plan and analyze everything in our lives to make sure nothing goes awry. But the reality is, not everything is in your hands. And it shouldn't be, it'd probably be way too much for one human to handle. There are things that will happen to us that just suck, and there's nothing we can do about it. What we can do, however, is let these things happen and come out the other end having learned and experienced something. It helps us prepare for it and deal with it better if it ever happens again.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Garnish A Cocktail With Them
Life throws us curveballs all the time. They may hit us hard. But if we try hard enough, we can make something positive out of the negatives we receive. It may take a while to realize that it's even possible to make something good out of a shitty situation, but once you do, you're golden.

You Think You Need To Be Fixed. You Are Not Broken - You Just Need To Be Worked On
I had a session with my therapist a bit ago and I said something about fixing myself. Her response was "I want you to remember that you are not broken". This really struck me as some serious shit. I'm NOT broken. None of us are. We may have problems, but problems can be fixed. In response to her comment, I said "You're absolutely right. I'm like a painting that an artist can't get quite right, but over time and working on the painting, it'll come out beautiful". This is now how I'm going to look at myself - a project that needs some work.

Remember The Positives
As I mentioned earlier, we have to deal with a lot of negativity in our lives. But you know what us humans have a tendency to do? Only focus on that negativity. We sometimes forget that there are great things going on in our lives that we can look to and make us happy. You know what one of my positives is? I woke up today. Another one - I have people who love and support me while I go through the struggles I'm going through right now. Those may not be your particular positives, but you have some in there. Dig 'em out and let them brighten up your day a little bit.

You Are Amazing
You are. We all are. And we need to remind ourselves of that every single damn day. If we weren't awesome, we wouldn't have made it this far. No matter what things have happened to you, are happening to you, and will happen to you - remember that you are an amazing person and can get through anything.

Going through some tough times? The MHA or NAMI can help you cope with them in a safe way.

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