Hey folks. It's time for a bit of a chat.
I'm struggling with flu at the moment. Sinuses are flared, my voice is broken and more of a corpse-like groan than a voice, my head is pounding, and I can't recall the last time I had a decent night's sleep. My body is exhausted.
All of this is bad enough, but, it gets even worse when you have depression, anxiety, and the odd sprinkling of suicidal thoughts.
As my body crumbles trying to fight off a raging virus, my mind takes advantage and spirals into darkness. I'm a mess. The slightest thing sends me reeling into confusion. I'm grumpy and irritable. I have no strength and consequently motivation to do anything. It sucks.
I am not doing well mentally or physically right now. I'm coping but it's a struggle.
The reason why I'm saying this is just to make you all aware of how hard it can be. But you can make it easier. Give people time, remind them to keep hydrated and fed, give them space if they need to be alone and love if they want to be held. Just listen and respond to their needs and continue to see them not as someone who is ill, but as someone you cherish and love.
Share love. Share kindness. Share your feelings.