For me, the key to surviving when it comes to your mental health is to try to be aware of who is, and what is around you.
In the video I’m going to post I talk about getting people out of your life who
- Downplay your mental illness
- Put you into situations that are bad for your mental health
Also in the video I talk about being selfish. Its ok to be selfish, to take care of you. I’. always a firm believer in trusting your gut. If you know something/someone isn’t right back out of that situation and say “you know what? I’m not doing this”
You don’t deserve that, I don’t deserve that, no one deserves that. Especially if the person KNOWS you have a mental illness.
Another thing I talk about is don’t help someone if its bad for your mental health. If someone comes to you for advice (people have come to me) and you are trying so much to help them, it can really be triggering for you, for them (if you don’t have the right words) I have had to step away from situations like this because all it can take are a few words/moments to take me back to where I don’t want to be. And heres reasons why
- You’re not a dr. Its ok to want to help but if someone is truly hurting they should seek medical attention
- You are dealing with your own issues
- Their illness is way more complex than you know
These are reasons you should tread lightly to trying to help someone. Yes we all have good intentions, and we want to help everyone but there comes a time when we have to say “I can’t help everyone, I need to help me” and that goes back to being selfish. Its ok to say no, because as selfish as it seems. I love me more.