When I am struggling with depression, I have found one of the most therapeutic relationships I can have, is the one with my cat. Our pets are instinctual creatures and care for us unconditionally.
The relationship you have with your partner is important for mental wellbeing. Excellent relationships can enhance mental wellbeing, but poor relationships may lead to stress, anxiety and depression. It is often a difficult subject to raise, but one worth considering for the benefit of both partners. Three simple things that can improve the quality of relationship with your partner are:
When it comes to mental wellbeing, different types of relationships are important. Probably the most important relationship is the one that you have with yourself. When mental health is poor, this is usually the first relationship to suffer and may be the hardest to fix. Things that you can do to help improve your relationship with yourself include:
Do I have I have a mental Illness or mental health problems? We can have problems with our mental health in the same way we can have problems with our physical health, but I believe calling a serious mental illness 'mental health problems' is wrong! It is belittling to the seriousness of the illness and the complications that sufferers have to endure.
I am living in my little germ-free incubator as the result of being housebound for nearly a year. But everything is changing; I now have a support worker to take me out and get me used to public transport and busy places again. We took the bus to town on Thursday, which was nerve-wracking but a huge step forward.
Drowning in tears without crying. Sitting motionless, Drowning silently in a room full of tears. Just sitting, unable to cry.
I struggle when people tell me 'don't worry, there is always light at the end of the tunnel,' if I am in a depressive episode. I prefer to tell people my experience of depression is feeling trapped in a dark, misty forest, with trees in every direction and no visible way out.