I talk a good game when it comes to battling mental illness.
I have a lot of tools in my toolkit and I know how to use them. I am also medication compliant, participate in individual therapy, see my psychiatrist at least once a month and participate in group therapy weekly. But there’s also the stuff I don’t talk about…like my actions and behaviors that are detrimental to both my physical and mental health.
I ain’t perfect. Far from it. For example, I currently don’t exercise.
I am very aware of how physically and mentally helpful it is to exercise. But this is one habit I have not been able to start and maintain. I see people exercising and I want to be one of those people. But, for some reason, I immediately find something else to do if the idea of exercise pops up.
I also smoked from age 15 to 30, quit for 10 years and then picked it up again five years ago. I have a lot of shame about this. …and I have physical symptoms, too. I cough. My nose runs. I am easily fatigued. Not to mention that I have a 16 year old son that I am setting a TERRIBLE example for. I never smoke in front of him and we both pretend that I don’t smoke.
I’m also not so good when it comes to keeping a schedule every day. My psychiatrist, numerous books I’ve read and the occupational therapists at Mayo recommend having a schedule for each day.
I’m sure this isn’t everything that I’m doing wrong, but it will have to do 🙂
Would you share with me some of the things that you find difficult to do? What would you like to be doing different in dealing with your illness? Please write it in the form below.
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