Drugs, alcohol and mental health
I’m not one for drinking alcohol but I do know many people who manage to take alcohol and can still maintain a decent living with their work, family life, relationships etc. These are people without mental health conditions.
Mixing alcohol and/or drugs with a mental health condition is only asking for trouble! These already distort reality and can only push you closer to the edge if you have a pre-existing mental health condition. There are also dangerous contraindications if alcohol is mixed with drugs prescribed for mental health conditions. If you have a mental health condition and have to take medication, you will see it clearly written on the accompanying leaflet DO NOT TAKE ALCOHOL.
Refusing to take your medication
Mental health and money
Just like everyone else, if you have a mental health condition, you have to take steps to ensure that your finances are not put at risk. You will have to maintain your standard of living, keep up with savings and live a frugal lifestyle.
This will ensure that you do not have additional stressors to make your situation worse. Here is a post about taking care of your personal finances. I am sure you will find it useful and will also find useful tips to make even more money in a short amount of time. These are steps that I have taken and I can tell you that they work.
Relying on self-help for your mental health
Taking on too much will affect your mental health
When I worked as a teacher, it took me some time to realise that some of my mental anguish and stress were self inflicted. Sure, I had too much on, and I suffered with insomnia, but I also was too quick to say yes to everything that everyone wanted me to do.
Even though I would be sat with hundreds of books to mark, I would still invite students back for help with coursework (in my time), ring parents who asked me to, volunteer for after school activities and plan and organise International exchange programs for the school.
It was only after I resigned from my teaching job and sat down to evaluate things that I realised that I could have said no to so many things!
You will never be able to do it all. And it’s a good practice to ask at work what task, job or activity they’d like you to forego in order to take on the new one being piled on.
At home, divide the tasks according to everyone’s age and ability. There’s no where where it is written that you should do it all. If you do, you will only find that your mental health suffer tremendously.
Too much stuff is bad for mental health
I am loving this era of Marie Kondo. The more I declutter, the more I feel stress free. Having too much stuff in your home leads to stress. I am aiming to have at least half of the ‘stuff’ that I had.
Getting rid of some stuff can also make you money too. Try selling on eBay or Facebook marketplace and put aside your money for more fun experiences like holidays, rather than more stuff.