EVERYTHING IS AWFUL AND I’M NOT OKAY

You might have seen this document doing the rounds on social media; the questions to ask before giving up.  Many have thought it’s a great list; others may wonder why these things need to be spelled out.  For someone with mental health problems, sometimes a nudge or reassurance is necessary to get the small things to happen.  And then progress can be made on the bigger things, like actually living one’s life.  For sure, it is not going to solve all your problems for you, but it isn’t meant to.  For me, I do have days where everything seems overwhelming, scary, and nothing is achievable.  It’s that feeling of hopelessness and inertia that can ruin a day, and become it’s own self-fulfilling prophecy.  But ticking things off this list one-by-one gets me to a healthy place where I can be slightly closer to normal (whatever that is), or at least functional.

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