Living with a mental illness or mental health issues is extremely difficult. It’s like driving a car that is falling apart with each speed bump it crosses. Good news is that with practice and psycho-social education, any one’s mental health condition is manageable. You can go to the mechanic garage and they use their toolbox to fix your old, secondhand, garbage heap of metal — likewise, you have places to go and tools to manage your faulty brain chemicals: Your doctor, your school counsellor, walk-in clinics, emergency rooms, hotlines, phone applications, wellness groups… and the list goes on!
I like to call it, The Daily Hustle, because living with a mental health condition is tough, like, really really frustrating, not to mention confusing for those who don’t have an understanding of how it needs to be taken care of, to be managed. It needs to be addressed and taken care of every day. Treat your mental health condition as you would your physical health. For some people, they attribute the negative symptoms and impacts as something bad about themselves instead of saying, “Oh, my mental health condition is flaring up, I need to check-in with myself.” More likely, they are thinking self critically (“Wow I fail at life, what am I even doing . I’m not good enough.” or dwell in the past and ruminate (“How did it get like this? What did I do wrong? I bet if I had less on my plate then I’d would have done better.”)
By reconditioning your mind through psycho-social education to understand that mental health and physical health are uncontrollably intertwined, and that there are both short term and long term techniques that can help diminish some of your negative thoughts and improve your behavioural outcomes.
Just remember, it’s not your fault. It never it really is. If you’re looking for someone or something to blame, blame your ancestors for having passed genes on to you,,, or do what most people do these days — who’s fault is it? PARENTS. (so communicate effectively and regularly with them if you feel they are being unreasonable).
Good luck with your management, my Little Ponies. Take it easy and Stay Golden.