Hello darlings, how are you all?
I’m enjoying some relaxing and social days at home before heading to London again on Thursday. I’m seeing friends, drinking coffee and wine, hanging out with my family and taking good long walks around town with my camera. I’m having a lovely time.
I know I keep talking about it, but I don’t think I can stress enough how important it is to keep in touch with your people when you’re dealing with mental illness. I know how difficult it can be, and I’ve certainly had my moments where it became too much for me to handle, but try and try again, like I did, and you won’t regret putting in the effort when the fruits of your labour can be enjoyed.
Because having friends with you on your journey of recovery is incredibly rewarding. You’d be surprised at how much they want to be there for you, in spite of how you feel like a burden, and like you’re not worth their time. People want to be kind, they want to be understanding and generous. They want to be there for you, and it is so important that you let them. It will only strengthen your friendships. I know it can feel like the opposite when you’re in the midst of a crippling mental state and feel like you’re terrible company, but in the end letting people in during your bad times will make them feel closer to you, like your bond is strengthened.
It can be a strain to socialise when you’re low, for both you and your friends, but the result of the effort is that they appreciate your honesty about your illness, and they rejoice in being able to help.
So go out there, see your friends, put in the effort, in spite of how difficult it feels, open up, give your thanks to those who are there for you, and enjoy the result of friendships that have withstood a challenge.