I decided to write a post on Mental Health and the feelings of loneliness, which is something I feel quite often. Though, ironically enough, I know I am not alone in my frequent feelings of loneliness as it’s a common feeling within us suffering from mental illnesses and amongst people in every day life I guess.
First things first, everybody feels lonely sometimes and it’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Heck, even animals get lonely too and we’re all aware of how tough they are!
Living with, and fighting, a mental illness/illnesses can seem like a very lonely and isolated time – we are never alone and there are plenty of people who care for us and wish to see us well again. People aren’t always aware of how to help or what they can say to ease the hurt a little but that doesn’t mean they don’t care.
People don’t always understand, because they haven’t experienced this before personally so they become unsure of what advice to give. In comparison, I figure it’d be like trying to understand what a broken leg felt like -despite never having broken your leg before- You can certainly care for people and love them unconditionally, but it’s not always easy to place yourself in another person’s shoes.
Our mental illnesses have a way of consuming us which, subsequently, blinds us from the truth the majority of the time. Our illnesses force us to believe things which are NOT true. Including irrational feelings of being lonely, being a burden to others and being worthless (the list goes on.)
A key thing to remember here is that ‘feelings are NOT facts.’ The feelings will pass and you will become stronger than them by the day. The torment you are currently experiencing will not last forever and you will soon regain your happiness, health and sparkle.
People care for you, which is hard to understand when you feel unworthy of any kind of care and love. You begin believing that you deserve all things bad, which is far from the truth but your illness likes to disguise that from you as it continues to burn you to the ground.
The truth is, you are never alone. There is always somebody who cares about you – whether that’s a family member, a friend, a teacher, a therapist or a Nurse (to name a few) There is always somebody willing to listen and to assist you in your journey, through the good times and the bad, the tears and the laughter.
Love & hugs