Word Press Post A Day – After an especially long and exhausting drive or flight, a grueling week at work, or a mind-numbing exam period — what’s the one thing you do to feel human again?
Feeling alive again, feeling human again. How I long for those sometimes. It is so easy for me to just feel numb and dead. My depression can take over. It can consume me. Lifting a piece of paper, can feel like I just moved a boulder.
Three years ago, I wouldn’t have done anything to feel alive. After a grueling week, an exhausting week, a horrible exam, or anything that just overwhelmed me — I would have attempted suicide. If I was alive, then I could die. Bizarre thought process right? That is how it was for me though. Mental illness was lying to me, it was messing up my thoughts, my emotions, and really destroying my life. Over and over again I attempted suicide, landed in the ER, the ICU, and in psych hospitals.
Today, I don’t do that anymore. I still have the suicidal thoughts, yes. I reach out for help before anything happens though. I also use my coping skills. To feel alive, I paint, I juggle, I draw, I write, I spend time in nature, I do anything and everything to keep me from ruminating on whatever it was that made me have an exhausting or overwhelming situation. I don’t do one thing to feel human again. I can’t do one thing – for me, I have to do multiple things, I have to keep trying things and if one thing does work, I have to move on to another thing. If I don’t do that, then I might fall back into my old pattern – and I don’t want that. If that happens, then I won’t even be able to be alive.