A girl with too many thoughts...

Monday, 31 October 2016

Struggling

It can be difficult to admit that you're struggling - not only to yourself, but to those around you too. We like to give out the impression that we are doing just fine and don't need any help, but this isn't always the case. Admitting that you're struggling doesn't make you weak. Everybody struggles at certain times in their life and are in need of a little support, even if they don't make it obvious.

Mental health conditions by their very nature tend to fluctuate in severity. Sometimes, everything seems to be fine and we feel in control of our illness. Other times, however, we don't feel so great. Either way: it's okay.

I'm writing this because I'm struggling a little more than usual at the moment. A lot of things are causing me stress and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm trying desperately to keep on top of everything (washing, cleaning, food shopping, uni work, going to lectures, socialising, my mental health, my physical health, appointments etc. etc.) but I'm finding it all too difficult right now. If I could curl up into a ball and hibernate in bed, I would. Unfortunately though, I can't.

Although we'd all probably prefer to ignore it, it's so important that we are able to recognise when we are going through a particularly rough time. I know that I'm struggling at the moment because of several things: I'm feeling teary and irritable the majority of the time. I'm constantly exhausted and unmotivated. I can't concentrate or focus on anything. My other mental health conditions, such as my eating disorder, are getting louder and my suicidal thoughts have returned.

Therefore, I wanted to write this post to anybody who, like me, is struggling right now. I want to remind you that it's okay, it's not a weakness and it's nothing to be ashamed of. You are more than worthy of help so please, please reach out to somebody if you feel you need to.
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