Whether you have a mental illness or not, chances are pretty high that you’ve experienced a total breakdown at least once. Stress and anxiety are a part of everyday life. Sometimes, a breakdown seems like the absolute end of the world, a moment consumed by emotions, thoughts, boxes of tissues and maybe some chocolate. Those prone to regular breakdowns are people, living with generalized anxiety disorder. Even though your sensitivity towards stressors is much higher than an average person, coping with a breakdown doesn’t get easier, just simpler.
Here are a few things that act as my friendly reminders that everything will be OK.
Try taking tons of pictures. Some may say you take an absurd amount. but its ok you have a good reasoning behind those intentions, considering not every picture turns out to be “picture perfect.” some people like being able to have a gazillion pictures to choose from when I’m changing up the ones on my bedroom wall. The ones that bring back good memories and are with people who mean a lot to me usually make the cut. With the important people in my life living both near and far, looking at pictures reminds you that you are loved and have a purpose in life.
2. Daily Planner
Its alright to keep things messy, but my life is completely organized. I started using a planner in middle school to keep track of my work — homework, tests, projects and so on. By habit, ever since then, I’ve had what I like to call my life planner. Having everything visually available to you makes you feel important in the sense that you can see you have things to do and you are needed for something. Even writing down upcoming events, vacations or dinner plans is nice to have scrolled out for your own well-being.
3. Working Out
Working out releases endorphins and adrenaline, boosting your mood and energy level. Getting into a workout routine is not easy, but once you are in it, there’s no better feeling. I dread getting out of bed, let alone working out, when I’m upset. But without fail, exercise does the trick perfectly (and conveniently, sometimes, on my apartment floor.)
4. Fresh Conversations
Believe it or not, it’s not always the best thing to only surround yourself with the people you are closest with. Having a fresh conversation is a great reminder that there’s room to expand your horizons and speak about things you normally would not. In turn this can change our entire outlook in a matter of minutes. you don’t need to find a stranger and start talking to them, but I try striking up a conversation with a co-worker or coffee barista etc.
That five letter K-word. It is normally associated with negativity, as it seems the only time it’s spoken about is when someone has a grudge against someone else. In the case of a breakdown, it serves as a positive reminder to that for all the good you may have done for others, they will be there for you as a support system. What goes around really does come around. Kindness counts!
By Ariella Sharf for The Mighty