Finding balance in life is vital, especially during the pandemic. The ability for things to feel overwhelming can feel overwhelming in itself and it can be easier for both you and those around you to fall into negative spaces and habits.
Hopefully, we are all finding our own ways of coping and communicating. Managing interdependence is vital to keep both you and your relationships healthy.
This is not to undermine how essential it is to share when you are feeling down. Talk to people you care about, highlight both the importance of setting boundaries regarding mental health. One thing that helps to apply perspective is being aware of the fact you have limited yourself. You can only help others properly when you are in the correct space to do so.
Boundaries can be set, for instance, the kind of conversation content you talk about, eliminating toxic energy and what you expect from one another. Especially when it can feel there is either too little or too much distance between you and those around you. Being open about how you are feeling and what you are able to tolerate is incredibly relevant whilst it is also a useful life skill.
Seeing people we care about struggle can make us feel helpless. We can find ourselves taking on additional burdens and unfortunately, sometimes with little progress. Recognising when another person’s mental health is affecting our own is critical, in both being able to support them and ourselves.
You got this!
It is okay to reach out for additional help to make things more manageable. It is also okay to take a step back. As people that care about the welfare of others, and aim to help those in need, we can find ourselves consumed with feelings of guilt that can be difficult to shake, and yet are necessary to deal with.
Becoming more aware of the boundaries on your own mental health and what triggers you, helps you and is around you allows you to put those boundaries into place within the relationships you maintain. When you are not necessarily used to putting yourself first, it can be particularly hard to set aside those guilty emotions, but fight them. Prioritise you, invest in yourself and keep your conversations and environments as positive and healthy as you can.
You got this.