The sucky thing about mental illness though, is that those bad days are likely to have absolutely no cause. They happen because your brain chemistry is fucked and maybe you didn’t get enough sleep one night, or you ate crap for one day, or maybe just because.
Bad days suck big time. I wish there was a special pill I could take on bad days, to get rid of the “I want to die right now!” feeling, but, unfortunately, there isn’t, so I just push through them and focus on surviving until bed time. I focus on treating myself gently and with kindness and not expecting terribly much in any aspect of my life. Quietly, I hope for a better tomorrow, but that isn’t always guaranteed. Sometimes, bad days live in clusters of 2 – 3, sometimes I am unlucky enough to get a whole week. But the good news is that they do pass.
It’s Mental Health Week in Australia and what better week is there to talk about surviving bad days?
I made a video this morning, to share my own experience from yesterday and to give advice on how to get through those really awful days.
My final tip is to have the Lifeline number (13 11 14) in your phone, especially if calling a friend, family member or your therapist is not an option. For me, it is enough to think of calling Lifeline and imagine the conversation I would have with them to turn the tide of unwanted thoughts and get some clarity.
For more resources on living with depression check out Beyondblue.