okay, a toughie cass!!
for me, well if i do not get up my brain goes to mush, furthermore my resiliance has increased. how, well i am aware of my depressive cycles. one thing that has definately helped is advising everyone that i meet is to inform them of my mental illness, thus people will know if i am having a bad/good day, etc. another concept is to ditch time. yeah, i am allowing things to happen in their own time, i am first in all things now. this appeases my mind and stops it from overloading. also i roster certain things for certain days. in terms of my home, if it is clean then i feel clean-due to having many visitors i like my home to be a constant reflection of me. don't worry i have some tardy days, albeit i keep the house very clean.
in terms of therapy, i have had a lot. thus i am more aware if i am slipping, thus the do not disturb sign goes up. remember that life and mdd is a journey-and i am a lifer-in terms of my dx's. because i have hit rock bottom on many occassions and worse i know that i will not like going back to this. my past is horrid, my future will be better, this is due to doing as much as i can handle, as much as i can do, this keeps me going. being somewhat stable now is giving me renewed hope and purpose, i am motivating myself, sure plenty of challenges, mdd is a medical condition and alike my t1 diabetes it is being managed. i no longer suffer with mdd/severe borderline personality disorder, instead i manage it.
for me the past is past, the future is happening, thus i live in the here and now. very important. baby steps are fine to begin with, yet to acheive more and via completing these steps you will be able to up the ante, this is because you have completed a step, thus you will feel positive and motivated to go up another step.
communication is key. never feel bad about yourself, i alike many was my own worst enmy, no more i am me. to give a little you get a little!! i never stop learning, this i feel has helped me greatly, and i also always remember that others are doing it tougher than me. practicing compassion to yourself is a very useful tool, we did not chose to be mentally unwell, but we can chose how it effects us. (minmising the impacts of)
life is precious, i do not know when my time is up, thus even through the abyss i try to live life as purposefully as possible. i am human, i am no longer ashamed of me. no longer worried what people think, for i am me, and not my illnesses. i try hard to take one day at a time, yeah i struggle at times, but i have vowed never to hit the bottom of that dirty black hole ever again. hoping this helps, with compassion, jamie