“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all. They are afflictions not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ” – C.S. Lewis
I woke up….ugh, why did I have to wake up? I don’t want to go to the hospital but my husband is making me. They keep asking me questions, I just wanted to sleep for a very long time. They recommend outpatient, but that would be another bill and I’m already not contributing financially, so I feel like I can’t. My husband thinks I should, but I can’t put another debt on him. I’m so low, I haven’t felt this low before, its always stopped at the thoughts…..I don’t know what to do, I don’t even know how to tell people. Why is this so hard? I AM SO NUMB….
Someone checked on me….someone else checked on me….these people are almost strangers, but they’re the only ones who know….and they checked on me. Maybe people do care..Maybe God does still care…I keep seeing posts of people who have the same thoughts/feelings as I do…so there are other people who feel the same? I’m not alone? I’m still tired and sad, but at least I want to wake up now. I still feel like I need to find a job. I still don’t want to be around people who will ask about my job search or will comment on my weight “all in good fun”, who will ask me why I don’t have kids yet ugh!
I still feel sad, but I found another possible career. I signed up for training classes online, bought the books, engrossed myself in that world….started off well…..but I’m still certain I will mess this up somehow, that I will either not do well or not be good enough. That I don’t have enough experience to be of any help, I feel like a failure again. And now I’ve wasted money on courses and books, I’ve shared with others that this is what I’m going to do, but can barely bring myself to do it. Why is this my life? People ask me how it’s going and it’s always a struggle, but how can I fully explain what I think they won’t understand? I barely understand…..
My husband is thriving, I think i’m jealous of his success. I want to be successful, but feel like its not possible. We still argue a lot. We’re in therapy, joint as well as my individual….it helps, more ups than downs. I don’t feel as alone, I get out a little bit more than before…I found another job, an old co-worker set me up with something at his job…another call center but a big focus on data entry..I’m doing great, no phones so far and everyone seems impressed. This might work, this just might work!
Oh no, I have to get on phones now, but it still feels better than other jobs like this, still doing well except I’m slow so I’m here really late….why do I seem so spacey, why am I struggling to catch my breath/breathe while I’m here? Why are the heart palpitations back? Why can’t I focus my eye sight? Why am I so irritable. My husband says I should quit, that is affecting my health..I’m tired of being a quitter, tired of not contributing, so I stay…..but the symptoms keep getting worse, I feel like I’m losing my mind, and drowning again. I can’t go down that path, again. So I quit…again….and feel like a failure..again…but everyone is congratulating me for quitting. Everyone seems really happy that I don’t work there anymore. Everyone could see the damage it was doing….
I still would rather be alone, but where is everyo….oh wait there’s some people…maybe I’m not alone…maybe God is with me…..where did these people come from? Was He always there?…I’m getting out some more. I’m helping my husband some more, I’m helping friends some more, I’m helping people who are hurting some more….I feel more useful, like at least in those moment I have a point. My husband and I have started a group for married couples to get together and be a support to each other and a group to help people recognize/understand their spiritual gifts. Starting to see that my issues have a heavy spiritual component, that my issues are in direct correlation with my giftings…
We had to stop the groups for a little but I’m hoping that we get them going again soon….wow….I’m hopeful again..I actually have hope….again…. I’m starting to be more open with my struggles, feels good to get things out. Still going to therapy but I’m starting to let other people in as well..not fully, but enough to not feel isolated. I’m realizing that the more I share, the better I feel, the more empowered I become, the more healing I experience, the more healing I can help facilitate in others. I feel hopeful….again…. I’m still anxious, I still experience depressive/hopeless moments, but it feels good to recognize how God can use me even in my low times. Feels good that I don’t have to be perfect or even in a “good place” for there to be a purpose to my life…feels good to fight for myself….feels good to feel…good…
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Disclaimer: If this is your current struggle, please fight as hard as you can to reach out to someone. I know how difficult it is once you are in this head space, but I truly believe there is someone in all of our lives who we can reach out to in our times of need. I couldn’t see them easily/didn’t always recognize them but they were there. You can also utilize the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 or their online chat. There is also a crisis text line in the US, just text HOME to 741741 (it’s free), since I know it’s always easier for my to type then talk. I don’t always know what to say but feel free to message/email me too if that is more comfortable to you. Please don’t let go…