I've recently been inspired to write this blog post about how mental health and chronic pain can affect so many individuals on a daily basis. I don't think people realize that when someone is struggling with a mental illness or chronic pain, it makes it difficult for them to leave the house or even get out of bed. Some days, the pain is so much that it hurts to move. Then, for others, it's a constant emotional pain of destruction thoughts and aching body parts. So, to say the least, it takes a lot to get out of bed, take a shower, brush your hair, etc. If you know someone that is dealing with a mental illness or chronic pain, instead of saying: "You are lazy" or "You are just tired" remember how much it took for them to wake up and to simply be alive. Appreciate their effort and love them for trying. They are extraordinary people who deserve better support. This goes out to every person that has a mental illness or chronic pain: I want to thank you all for never giving up. I see that you're trying your best and I love you for that! You are incredibly strong.
Your dearest friend,