Mental illness and social distancing - How are you doing?

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Hi, I haven't been on here in a bit, but I've been struggling lately with all of this. I struggle with bipolar disorder and anxiety. I'm hoping to share with you all and ask you how you're doing during this lockdown and the coronavirus situation in general?

To tell the truth, it has really not been easy to cope with everything that is happening. I've had ups and downs, and being isolated from my family has at times caused me a lot of stress. I am very afraid that someone close to me will get infected, I have a constant uncertainty and with the long days that sometimes pass very slowly and give me a lot of time (probably too much time) to think.

I think it helps me a lot to talk about things and exteriorize my feelings - it helps me realize when my fears are irrational and that this, as everything in life, will pass.

Hopefully this will help some others too, please feel free to share how you are doing too!  I could really use a friend right now. What are you doing to pass the time and ease your anxieties?

Stay safe!

Beginning of the discussion - 4/17/20

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Hi, I get where you're coming from, I have generalized anxiety and depression. I'm surprisingly doing a bit better than I thought I would because a lot of times my depression is born out of loneliness. Normally my partner travels all the time for work, but lately he's been working from home so he's been around, which is great. My anxiety is still there though, I can't help but stress about one of us getting infected and I'm worried about the economy and the future of my and my partner's jobs... It's easy for my mind to spin off into all of that.

What really helps me usually is forcing myself to get out of the house and into the sun a bit. I knjow that now we're not really supposed to go out, so I spend at least an hour a day on our back patio soaking in the rays. It really does me some good to get out into fresh air. Journaling has been really helpful for me too because I get all my scrambled thoughts down on paper and I can really break them apart and see where I'm being irrational.

If you ever need to talk, I'm here!

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@twomes @whatistheissue Hello, thank you for starting this discussion. In these stressful times it is really important that we take care of our mental health. If you haven't already seen it, we just published an article focusing on the coronavirus and mental health. We tried to bring together some good advice to help those of us with mental illnesses make the best of a difficult situation with solid coping methods and resources. I'll link it here:

Mental Health: How to Better Cope with Quarantine?

Hello members, I hope you don't mind that I've tagged you! How are you doing during these difficult times? How are you coping during the lockdown? Has it been harder to handle your anxieties or mental health? What do you do to stay positive? Feel free to share with us all here!

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Take care,

Courtney

 

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Haven’t been doing great. My anxiety has been really bad. Work has been more stressful because of this virus raising my anxiety. Had to go back on my anti anxiety medicine. I was still having trouble sleeping too 

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@lantia626 I've been struggling too. I fluctuate between positive days where enjoying the little things makes me happy and and negative days where I have a hard time getting out of bed because of my anxiety and just pure fatigue because I can't get my anxious brain to be quite at night. 

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having a lot of anxiety from not being able to perform up to my expectations 

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Hi members!!  I struggle with multiple mental illnesses n been really struggling with this lockdown n all!!!  I have very little good days bc of my diagnoses,I haven't been taking care of my physical, emotional n let alone my mental health like I know I need to however I want to learn how to cope in a way dat is healthy n safe for me,any sugesstions??? Any ideas dat u would like to suggest for me I'd greatly appreciate!!!

Take Care n Be Safe!!!!

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I used to go to a yoga studio and the gym every day and that helped my mood tremendously. Now they are both closed. I live alone so I feel depressed and isolated. Nighttime is the worst for me.

Jen

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Hello I have found that listening to sleep music helps quite my mind/// I have constant pain from my back and neck

so this really gets me worried//// I say everyday //just gIve it to GOD /he will take care of me/// but still my mind gets very negative ////// These are though times indeed//// I can`t wait until this nightmare is over so I can at least socialize//////

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Yeah  I  know ... my mind gets  really negative when I am  bored.  I listen to music at bedtime and most of the day also. 

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