I've spoken about this before, but the fact is - having a mental illness (or in my case, two) makes it really difficult to start thinking towards the future. Now though, I've made the decision to move forwards and I've surprisingly got my places at university and so thinking about the future has become inevitable - it's not longer enough to take life a day at a time, I need to start preparing myself, buying homeware for the flat I'll be moving into this year, preparing myself for a whole life beyond these houses, these rooms and these beds. So, I've decided to set myself some 2016 mental health goals; here they are.
1: Be More Patient With Myself
Mental illness can be frustrating, and hard to understand - and that goes for us suffering from it as well as those on the outside perimeters. During 2016, I hope to learn to be more patient with myself (or at least hide my frustrations better...)
2: Start With CBT
My CBT referral should pay off this year and I should finally start going to therapy to talk about my anxiety and depression. This is something that's inevitable and yet it's such a huge step forward that it'd be stupid not to make it a goal. This could be my turning point.
3: Take My Medication. Every. Single. Day.
I am the worst for forgetting my tablets. It's not on purpose, it's just that I travel around so much that I always forget to pack them and then I can go a few days without taking my tablet. This inevitably leads to melt down and so one of my biggest goals this year is to remember my tablets every single day.
One of my main issues is that I struggle to talk about my illness but this year that's got to be something that I work on - nobody can help me if they don't know there's a problem. I'm not great at this, but I'm definitely getting better.
So there's my goals, what are your mental health goals for 2016?
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