There are many ways to help with schizophrenia. Day to-day activities are sometimes rough, hard to get through. It’s sort of a good thing though. Having more to deal with, or having difficulties dealing with certain things teaches you new ways to do them. It also teaches you how to cope with having a difficult time.
Things as simple as getting up in the morning can be difficult. I know what you’re thinking, not many people like getting up in the morning. Its more than that though, there are many obstacles to get around. I’ll explain, when you get up in the morning, whats the first thing you do? Get dressed, get a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, all while dealing with being tired. Maybe you have stress about your day, something that you don’t want to deal with that day. What if you went through that everyday? What if all you had to do that day is to get up and shower, but you had a hard time finding the will, or the want to actually do something as simple as that. Now picture your mind working against you. So not only are you dealing with being tired and/or stressed, you’re dealing with your mind working against you.
Now when I’m not doing well, small tasks can feel more like I have to climb a mountain. So what do you do, take your medication, don’t be sick right? I’ve tried many different medications, only one seems to work for me. One thing I’ve noticed is that, not a single medication that I’ve tried has got rid of all of my symptoms. There is more symptoms than delusional thinking, hallucinations or hearing voices. There is social isolation, mental confusion or slowness in activity. There is loss of interest or pleasure in activities, fatigue or lack of emotional response. A lot of these symptoms are not taking care of with medication. So picture dealing with what the average person deals with in the morning and add a few of those symptoms.
Imagine, you’re about to go to work, you’re having a rough morning and all you can think to yourself is what if I embarrass yourself. Now for the good part, imagine developing the skills to deal with these symptoms. Yeah it will probably be a work in progress for a while but the accomplish will feel amazing.
One of the positive things to do is to cherish the small victories. Sounds maybe a bit ridiculous but it’s actually very helpful. Be happy that you got up and took that shower, that you got up and went into work on time. Even something as small as brushing your teeth. celebrating the small victories can help your moral immensely.
One of the positive things I have been working on, is to not look at what you did wrong all the time. Instead look at the positive things you got right. Maybe you didn’t get into the shower before work, but focus on the fact that you made it to work on time. My therapist explained to me today that we’re raised to see the bad. Take school for example, if you take a test but don’t get all the questions right, what do you normally look at after the test. Most likely you would look at the questions you got wrong. Sometimes parents tend to tell us what we did wrong, rather than what we could have done right. Seems like the two would go hand in hand, right? The way I see it is, you can mention why something was wrong, but focusing on the what could have done right can really change the mood of the conversation. It could make it more into a positive life lesson rather than harping on someone. Its called constructive criticism.
Another thing I’ve learned that helps me through my day is having something to look forward to at the end of the day. A hobby if you will, something that you can immerse yourself in. To take your mind off of the stresses of life or the symptoms you are dealing with. Writing is a big thing for me, being able to write about things I’m dealing with or maybe have dealt with seems to be very helpful. Talking with someone is also helpful, easier said than done though. Sometimes talking about things is difficult. It may be helpful though, just trying to vent can get things off your mind feels good.
There are many things that are helpful, finding what is the best way for you can change your life. You could develop a positive outlook on life or maybe just get yourself through the day. appreciate the small victories so that even when things are going wrong, you may give yourself just enough confidence to get through it.