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What to Remember on a Bad Mental Health Day

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The days I feel alone are the days that don’t seem to end. The days I can’t seem to find purpose not only in life, but also for what’s to come. Those are the days where nothing I do is ever good enough and I can’t seem to do anything right.

There are days I feel like I’ve given my all and there’s nothing left of me to give. Days I feel like everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. I have to remember the strength within me to keep going.

I have to take into account there will be days I feel like no one will love me the way I should be loved, days where support from others is mute. I have to remember I am still learning and growing as a person.

I can’t forget to take it one day at a time on the days I feel guilty for my depression, nothing but negative thoughts fill my mind and my stomach is in knots for no reason at all.

There are days emptiness consumes me and nothing seems to matter. The same days reality sets in and inspiration goes missing. Those are the days I have to remember I am worth fighting for.

On the days I look back on my life and feel nothing but regret, “what ifs” and find no reason to look ahead, I need to learn I am the one who chooses what my future holds.

I have to keep in mind the days I feel like a dark cloud is looming over me are the most important days for me to be my own light of optimism.

On the days I don’t even make a dent in my to-do list and nothing comforts me besides my bed, I have to remember there are and will be better days.

There are days I feel like everything I want is out of reach. Where my melancholy attitude never seems to end. My motivation for everything is lacking. My hope for anything positive is absent altogether. My hopefulness turns into hopelessness. These are the days I have to pick myself up because no one else can.

I can’t wait for the day I see myself as enough and know I am continuing to grow and understand who I am.

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Originally published: November 5, 2019
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