Social Anxiety and Depression: When You Feel Yourself Slipping, Take Action Quickly
When we’re psychologically ill, we sometimes lose track of things. One bad day can turn into three. Three bad days can then turn into three bad weeks. And before we know it, six bad months have gone by. It’s so easy to slip into bad habits, and then you can carry on with these bad habits for months, and slowly your life and health gradually start deteriorating. You can get into a rut of bad practice, and not even realize it until weeks or months later, if we’re not mindful. And this is terrible for us of course.
We have to make sure that we constantly take care to remain on an upward curve in our lives. Constantly guard against complacency and against doing things which are bad for us. Be mindful day in day out, and make sure you’re following practices which are beneficial to your mental health. If you’re not sure what you should be doing, then research. Ask around. Maybe talk to mental health professionals. But a lot of it is common sense, although it takes a bit of thinking about. Please check out other articles on my site, which detail practices which are beneficial and promote psychological recovery.
If we are housebound with social phobia or agoraphobia, we have to be especially vigilant, not to let our standards slip. You see, you don’t have a rigid timetable of having a job you have to go to. You may even not have a family we have to get up for. No enforced structure. So, you have to motivate yourself, and create healthy habits. Things can deteriorate a lot when you have no structure, and/or no one to keep your chin up and help you. Human interaction is great for people in that it helps you to get moving and get on with life. But if you’re on your own, then it can be challenging.
So, we have to keep on doing things that are good for us, day after day and month after month. Evaluate your life on a regular basis, and make sure that you’re making the best use of your time. Life is short, and years and decades can go by before we’ve noticed. Stay constantly vigilant.
Personally speaking, I wasted decades of my life, because of illness. Spent years doing the wrong types of things, so I know what I’m talking about. I know how unhealthy practices can destroy your life. But I eventually started to think about my illnesses and my life, and i began to turn the juggernaut of despair around. I realized that what I’d been spending my life doing things which weren’t the best, due to fear. I was incredibly frightened, due to the social phobia, so I did things which were harmful to me and my recovery, and not enough positive stuff. I allowed it to ruin my life. But I eventually woke up, studied hard, and put into regular practice what I had learned. It takes discipline and a great deal of persistence, particularly when you don’t see results for a while, but it is most definitely worth it.
So, take my advice. Don’t make the same mistakes I made. Don’t let a couple of bad years to turn into a couple of bad decades. Turn your life around before it’s too late, and use your time wisely. Spend your days doing things which will help your mental health, not harm it.
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