Between now and the end of the year is a fantastic time. We see family and friends, meet for coffee, eat some amazing food, and shop for those special people in our lives. This is also a time where people with mental illness struggle the most to be normal.
The fact is this time of the year is tough for anyone, but here on The Bipolar Writer blog, my focus is on those struggling with mental illness, many for the first time. If you are finding yourself lost in the darkness that is depression, I want you to know it is okay. There is nothing wrong with struggling, and you can fight it. You’re stronger than you know, and if you ever need someone to talk to, there are so many great resources and people, including The Bipolar Writer, that you can reach out to in your time of need.
There is also the other side if you notice that someone in your life is struggling to find themselves in a happy place this time of year doesn’t be afraid to reach out. The hardest thing for someone struggling with mental illness is the feeling that you will be a burden to your loved ones at this time of year. I only ask that you be kind to everyone in your life because it could mean the difference between struggling and finding hope.
The stigma of mental illness exists because both sides struggle to understand mental illness. Those of us that advocate know that as individuals we need to change the stigma before society realizes that mental illness is a real thing.
It sounds cliche, but I have always thought that there was no hope at this time of year for people like me, when I am struggling in my mental illness. It is not true. You can find your way in the darkness. I did.
Love yourself first this holiday season.
Stay strong in the fight this holiday season.
Always Keep Fighting