Throughout my ten years of living with schizophrenia there have been times of great stress and great paranoia. There have been times where I’ve been so overwhelmed by delusion that I couldn’t eat. There have been times where I’ve been so anxious and worried about interactions that I’ve forgotten to breathe.
In all honesty I’ve spent a good deal of time in a place so scary that I wouldn’t wish it on an enemy.
I know what it’s like to be so consumed in the moment by things that you lose your grasp on reality and every single time, without fail those moments have passed and I’ve come out the other side.
That’s the point I want to make here.
The simple fact of the matter is that whatever hardship you’re facing, whether it’s delusions or paranoia or voices or hallucinations, in every instance, those moments have passed. They always have and they always will.
I realize this is an extremely hard thing to remember in the heat of the moment when you feel like you can’t breathe but if you can just ease your shoulders a bit and give it time, whatever you’re dealing with will pass.
If I can make any guarantees in this crazy messed up world, that’s it. That this will pass.
This is applicable in lesser moments of stress as well. Maybe you’re facing stress from your job or you’re in a painful crush or relationship. In every instance with a little bit of time and a few deep breaths these moments, these hardships will pass.
There is nothing you won’t be able to get through if you just give it a little time and a little care.
Any moment you’re facing where things seem insurmountable has to break at some point sometimes you have to break it, sometimes it breaks naturally but in each and every case, with a little time whatever you’re up against will pass and you’ll find yourself on the other side of it saying, “That wasn’t so bad.”
If there’s any advice you’ve gleamed from my years of writing trying to help people who are struggling it’s that.
There is no obstacle in this world besides death that you won’t be able to get through.
That’s one of the major lessons mental illness has in store for you when you’re diagnosed and it’s the one piece of advice I give to anyone who’s looking for help. Just know that with time, it’ll pass and in a year whatever you’re facing right now won’t even matter.
It’ll pass, it always does it always will.
Again I know how hard it is to realize that in the moment of something trying whether it’s seemingly insurmountable or just inconvenient, just having that little dose of awareness though can help you get through whatever you’re dealing with.
I’ve been through my share of hardship and I wish that they had told me in the hospital that it will take time but you can always get better, there’s plenty of time and there’s no rush in anything and whatever is happening will have it’s day and then it will leave you alone.
That’s just the way life works. Just know that it’ll pass.
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