Whether you struggle with your mental health or not, we all experience times when things just weigh extra hard on us. Maybe your bills are adding up, or your job or school is taking everything out of you. Maybe you feel like you just can’t get ahead, and life is constantly raining on your parade.
Life is hard, it’s no secret. Sometimes I wish I could just tap out and take a break from it all. When I’m feeling like things feel extra hard, and I just can’t keep up, these are the things that bring me back to earth.
- Do sweat the small stuff
When life feels hard, and I’m constantly thinking about all the big things that are making it hard (i.e.: life choices, the future, money issues), sometimes it helps to just sweat the small stuff. I mean do the dishes or throw a load of laundry in. Take the dog for a walk or clean the litter box. All these things need to get done too, and even if they aren’t at the very top of your priorities, marking them off the to do list makes you feel pretty accomplished.
- Let someone know you are struggling
Nothing is worse than suffering in silence. No matter how much your mental illness may be telling you that nobody understands, there are plenty of people that do. Let someone know that life is hard right now. Your friends, family, and partner are a support system, and just having them know that you’re having a hard time, can make things easier on you.
- Remember that you’re not alone
Life gets to be too much for everyone, occasionally. We all have moments where the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be too small, and the path toward it is full of dangers. Honestly, I don’t think I could count the number of breakdowns I have had in the last YEAR about feeling like I couldn’t handle what life was throwing at me. Repeat after me: I am not weak. I am not incapable. Life is hard, but I am strong.
- Find the good
Every situation in life can also be a lesson. Think of one thing that’s making life extra hard right now and try to find the good in it. Is money tight? Use this as an opportunity to make a budget. Is school interfering with your social life? Make a study schedule and try to stick to it. Is your job beating you down, more than bringing you up? Research different ways to become your own boss. Life can be hard, but it always teaches you a lesson in the end.
Life isn’t easy for anyone. Everyone goes through the good times and the bad. Remember that when everything seems to feel heavy and like you can’t possibly get through what you’re going through, you aren’t alone. You aren’t broken. You will make it through.