When you live with someone that has a mental illness, life is difficult for everyone and not just for the person dealing with the illness. It could feel like the entire family is on edge as everyone works around one particular person ensuring they don’t go off the deep end. But we often forget that we also have to look after our own needs. Sometimes it can mean looking for help ourselves as we navigate the ins and outs of our environment. Or it can be just a quick getaway to sooth our tired minds.
Many of us have a lot to juggle already in our everyday lives, add to that trying to figure out if we’ve found the correct path to help our loved ones. Is our doctor the right one? Are there other treatments or modalities that can help and will this doctor work with us if we incorporate other ways? What experiences can we expect given changes in medications? The questions and concerns can be endless.
Having a mental illness can be a lifelong event. It’s not just giving someone some medication and all is well. Mental illness does not work that way. It can take years before you find the correct medications or alternative ways that can make your loved ones comfortable. But never give up on you or them.
Listen to your body and look after your own needs too. Find ways to help you cope with all that is going on. Take time out for yourself and destress. Understand the ailments that your loved ones are experiencing so you know how best to help them. It can be difficult, but be patience and try and keep the environment calm. It will go a long way in helping everyone cope with things.
There are some things we can’t change, so as difficult as it can be, we need to deal with what comes our way one step at a time. Let’s open up our hearts and find the beauty life can be.
You can check out my latest book which is a love story – ‘Bipolar Love Experiencing Mental Illness From The Other Side’. Or my previous book – Bipolar Love Caring For The Caregiver 8 Simple Steps To Self-Care. You can also check out my book for younger readers, ‘Ghost Detective The Magic Ruby’. It’s a great story for the entire family. They are all on Amazon. Stay strong. Stay positive.
SR John is a Writer, Author and Life Coach. She offers various Writing services as well as Life Coaching services, dealing with caregivers looking after their loved ones. As a caregiver herself to both a spouse who was diagnosed with Bipolar and then to a parent, she understands the importance of self-care when it comes to looking after ourselves during difficult times. She is the author of, ‘Bipolar Love Experiencing Mental Illness From The Other Side A Love Story’, ‘Bipolar Love Caring For The Caregiver 8 Simple Steps To Self-Care’, a book for caregivers, as well as a children’s fiction book, ‘Ghost Detective The Magic Ruby. You can check out her books on Amazon.com or visit her site at srjohnofficial.com. Her email address is also listed below.
Life Coach - Coaching the Caregiver - Supporting those that care for loved ones
Books: Bipolar Love Experiencing Mental Illness From The Other Side A Love Story (fiction)
Bipolar Love Caring For The Caregiver 8 Simple Steps To Self-Care (non-fiction)
Ghost Detective The Magic Ruby (fiction for young and old)
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/author/srjohn