Don’t Give Up On Your Mental Illness

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Tomorrow Is Another Day

There are many days when you just feel like giving up. No matter what you do, your mental illness is slowly taking over, controlling you as it pleases, when it pleases. Sometimes it feels like you’re just a bystander observing another entity running your life; you’re just on the sidelines in pain and discomfort. You keep trying to find ways to control it but whatever you do, it strikes back harder. Sometimes the most entertaining thought is giving up on everything.

But you can’t give up because that would mean that your mental illness has defeated you. No one deserves to lose a war against a mental illness; you may lose many battles but don’t lose a war! Losing a war is equivalent to losing your life, but losing many battles is like encountering many potholes on your journey throughout life. Potholes are okay as long as you keep pushing forward.

Even if you are medicated and still find it challenging to control your mental illness, you do not give up! There are always therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and even family and friends who you can continue talking to. Giving up should never be the go-to strategy because with enough persistence, you will end up taking back control over your mind and defeating your mental illness.

But what do I mean by defeating? I’m not necessarily implying that you will never experience symptoms again; depending on your illness, that may prove to be a difficult task. But controlling your symptoms and learning to live with them when they do appear is what I mean by defeating your mental illness; reaching the point where you are no longer as bothered by them and you can live your life more comfortably.

You have to be realistic at times; symptoms do have a chance of recurring in the near future. For some, they enter remission and never experience symptoms ever again, but for many, symptoms do come back even if residual in nature. But with persistence, dedication and ongoing therapy, you can reach the point where you won’t be as affected and you can continue to carry on a comfortable life.

You just have to really want it and believe that you can reach that point in your life. Doubting yourself is definitely not the solution and living hopelessly is even worse. It can be a difficult process at times, but once you reach that stage where you feel like you have taken back control over your mind, you will feel amazing and discover a new type of confidence; one that will make you feel empowered and stronger than your mental illness.

Always remember that your mental illness does not define you. You define yourself.

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Hard Work Does Not Stop Today

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My Hard Work Was Not Enough

The concept of hard work is based on the idea that if you put in a lot of time and effort into an activity, you will reap a benefit or reward. Many people wish to reap a certain benefit or reward, but without working hard; it’s just not possible. Sometimes there are exceptions, such as good luck or help from another person, but most of the time, hard work is what pays off in the end.

Many people also give up after putting in a lot of hard work and not seeing the results that they expected. They either give up altogether or stop putting in as much effort as they previously did. It’s very common to lose hope and drive after not seeing the results that you expected, but it’s also very common to keep pushing and striving for those results!

Giving up is the difference between those who achieve and those who fall behind. Many people fall behind and that’s why the top is very lonely. In order not to fall behind, you have to force yourself to work hard even when you don’t want to; especially when you are feeling lazy and hopeless.

Working hard when in good spirits is great because you can keep pushing forward. But working hard when you’re experiencing low energy and frustration is equally as important; maintaining hard work in difficult times is what will provide you with stamina and strength. The more difficult times that you successfully experience, the easier the process will get.

Even when you have achieved the benefit or reward that you were aiming for, hard work doesn’t stop today! There is so much more that you can accomplish if you just keep maintaining your work ethic and perseverance. Even after many accomplishments, the same feelings of tiredness and wanting to give up will persist; the cycle doesn’t stop unless you decide for it to stop.

So don’t give up! Keep the cycle going until you become completely satisfied. But whatever you do, do not fall behind because you gave up; don’t allow regrets to prevent your happiness from flourishing.

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Giving Up On Life

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The Days When You Feel Like Giving Up

There are many days when we become so hard on ourselves that we lose hope for the future; the light within us turns off. Turning that light back on is crucial to not falling trap for depression and suicidal thoughts and attempts.

On the days when you feel like giving up is when you need to find your greatest inner strength to move forward. Remind yourself that pain and suffering are part of life; there is no way to avoid it. Always keep your head up and be nice to yourself!

When we start fighting against ourselves is when we slowly become buried with hopeless thoughts. Life throws us these miserable days as an opportunity for us to come out stronger and more resilient; without these days, we’d be mundane humans with no appreciation for the contrast of pain and happiness.

Never give up on life! It’s a gift worth treasuring forever despite the hardships we must experience. And always find someone to talk to; don’t experience the hardships by yourself. Good friends and family should always be in your life for support and help. Therefore, put your anger aside and use your heart to accept help and move forward!

The DSM Ready Movement is always available for support and care; together we are a community built upon love!

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