Coping

Life is tough. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies, in fact, it often isn’t either one of those. Days that start out great can wind up being terrible and vice versa. I’ve had many days that make me feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster with the highs and lows. So what can you do on those days? Whether it’s a bad day, you’re struggling with your mental illness or you simply want to help out with someone who’s struggling?

There’s so many ways. As discussed previously, know when you’re hitting your breaking point, and do something for yourself. But what does that entail?

This contributor to The Mighty talks about her 1 hour rule, which I think is incredible. I, too, am a competitive person and giving yourself a deadline to get going for the day, but also giving yourself the chance to opt-out if it doesn’t get better, is great.

For others, the reminder of just breathing and taking the days from moment to moment is enough to combat bad days. This is something I needed as a reminder so much that I permanently attached it to my body. Positive words & reminders are definitely things I need on bad days.

Survive

What are your coping skills, either with your mental illness or making it through a tough time in your life? Let me know below.

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