How to Survive When You Miss Your Medication

Worst. Feeling. Ever. Am I right?

I don’t often miss my medication but, when I do, I sure do feel it. My head feels like electric shocks are pulsing through my synapses and my stomach feels like it’s being shredded. I feel exhausted no matter how much sleep I get. I’m irritable, angry and impossible to be around. And it’s really, really hard to ground myself and remember this will pass.

So, from my experiences, here are some ways to survive when you miss your medication:

  • Cry: Just allow yourself to cry a good body shaking, lip quivering cry. Personally, the only time I can really cry is when something terrible happens OR when I forget my medication. So, if I miss my medication, I just allow myself to cry. Not all day or anything. But, a half hour cry never killed anyone.
  • Get Creative: I try to use my missed medication day as an excuse to channel my negative energy into something creative. Whether it be writing, drawing or even just listening to music. I try to get in tune with my creative energy. It helps to distract me from how bad I feel, and also helps make me feel accomplished.
  • Organize: When I miss my medication, I feel like I don’t have control over my body and emotions. This very quickly can turn into a negative thought pattern of not having control over anything in my life. What do I do? Find something small I can control. I’ll often organize something in the house that I’ve been wanting to organize. Today I organized my art supplies and it, for some reason, made me feel in control of my day.
  • Rest: This ones important. Your body is going through something. Be kind to it, allow it to rest and try not to feel guilty or “lazy.” Put on your favourite movie (My go-to is Elf) and cuddle up on the couch. Remind yourself that mental illness is equal to physical illness. If you had the flu, you’d allow yourself to rest, right?
  • Try not to push people away: This one is hard for me. I find it extremely difficult to be around people when I haven’t taken my medication. I’m really quick to snap and get angry/sad and usually seclude myself during these times. But, it’s important to allow loved ones to hold you, help you and listen to you. Connecting during these times can really help. Remind yourself that you are loved, and try to be kind to your loved ones and to yourself.
  • Distract: Distracting yourself when you feel physically and mentally ill is one of my favourite strategies because, in my opinion, it’s one of the easiest.

    Here are some of my favourite distractions:

  • Hand Lettering Worksheets
  • Online Magazines 
  • Knitting
  • Yoga with Adrienne 
  • Gratitude Journalling

I hope this is helpful and reassuring to anyone going through the medication madness.

Love

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How to cope when physical illness exacerbates mental illness.

Coming down with a cold or flu sucks. Am I right?

But, coming down with a cold or flu and then having your mental health flare up is almost unbearable. Not only are you now experiencing both physical and mental illness symptoms, but you may be having trouble caring for yourself due to an increase in anxiety or whatever mental illness you struggle with.

Here are some ways a cold or flu may effect mental illness symptoms and some words to say to yourself if you feel this way:

  • feeling like your body is betraying you (Your body is fighting off germs and sickness. It’s protecting you.) 
  • worries due to taking a sick day from work (Work will understand. Everyone gets sick sometimes.)
  • not knowing when you’ll be well again (Your body is doing the best it can to be well. Worrying will just use up more of its energy).
  • feeling guilt for being unproductive (You’re allowed to be sick and not fold laundry, work out, and go outside. You deserve rest.)
  • being unable to physically do the things that better your mental health: yoga, walking outside etc. (Your body needs rest. Allow your body to have that). 

Here are some things to remember to do when you’re physically ill that will hopefully also improve or alleviate mental health symptoms:

  • Sleep when you feel tired. If possible, sleep with comfort items such as a favourite soft blanket or even a furry friend.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep a big bottle beside your bed, couch or wherever you are resting so you don’t have to use energy to get water. Remember, your body needs water to heal.
  • Eat healthy foods. This can be tricky as sometimes when we’re sick it’s either hard to eat or we crave carbs and other foods that may not be nutritious. Try to eat soup that has low salt and lots of veggies in it if you can. Your body will thank you. Ultimately, just make sure you’re eating because your body needs fuel to heal.
  • Take epsom salt baths. Not only will this help detoxify your body, it will help calm your parasympathetic nervous system. Yoga, nature and meditation also activate the parasympathetic nervous relaxation response.
  • Let people take care of you. This is a big one for me. Whenever I’m struggling, physically and/or mentally, I seclude inside myself like a turtle. I don’t ask for help when I truly need it and rarely allow others around me when I’m in these states. It’s important to try and allow those who love you to help you, even if that means just brining you some water or a snack.

Additionally, here are some of my favourite healing products/practices to use when I’m sick:

Apps:

  • Binaural Beats  Literally puts me in a relaxed trance like state. I definitely recommend looking up binaural beats as a method of anxiety/stress management.

Healing Oils:

Products

  • My magic bag  is a daily saviour. Helps with anything from cramps to strained muscles to tense muscles from stress. The warmth is super comforting as well.
  • Throat Coat Tea is great when your throat hurts or is scratchy.
  • Gin Gins work well for indigestion or an upset stomach. Plus they’re super tasty.
  • Raw Honey! I eat it by the spoon when I’m sick. It literally heals my throat.

Okay folks, that’s all for now. I hope you’re all resting and staying well during this cold and flu season.

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