Recovering from mental illness always seems to involve dealing with our feelings. That is just how it goes. Yet lurking just behind those feelings are more feelings we have to address. In other words, our feelings, especially the negative ones, tend to bring their friends along to the party.
For example, when I was dealing with my depressive issues, there were many factors, including feelings of abandonment that led to those depressions. And dealing with the feelings of abandonment led to feelings of anger, then feelings of guilt over the anger, then feelings of shame that I should be handling this all better. Or as Yoda would put it “fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
And being mindful of that can prepare you for the rush of emotions you feel. Because I have heard from many others who live with mental illness, and I can say with complete certainty that I am not the only one whose negative feelings bring their friends. And if this is something you battle with as well, know that you are not alone.
Because when your negative feelings bring their friends, you can bring yours. There are resources available, support groups on social media and in person, coping mechanisms, therapy, etc. You aren’t alone and you don’t have to deal with your posse of negative emotions alone either.
Thanks to where I am in my recovery, I am more prepared for the fact that my negative emotions will try to gang up on me. Yet I know their strength is built upon lies, whereas my recovery is built upon the truth of who I am. My negative emotions don’t define me. And they don’t have to define you either.
Thanks for reading, Have a good weekend.