Thoughts & Experience, Tips & Advice

Living with a Mental Illness: Its Okay not to want to be around People all the time

There can be a lot of social pressure nowadays, which regularly comes from social media and the fact we can always see what our family and friends are doing.

If we are sat at home often we find ourselves scrolling through the many pictures or videos of friends/family/acquaintances out having fun or spending time with others. This then forms thoughts and doubts that this is what you should be doing and makes you start to question why you aren’t doing that.

This is completely normal and happens to most of us. However we need to start telling ourselves that it’s okay doing what we want to do. If you want to stay at home and have a duvet day because you are not feeling up to going out – that’s okay. If you want to go home early from a party because you are tired from socialising or need a break to yourself – that is okay.

It’s okay not to want to be around others sometimes. It’s also okay to be want to be around others as well.

We spend so much of our time being hard on ourselves that we put pressure on ourselves to socialise or make social commitments. You only live once – there is a difference between being lonely and being alone. If you want to be alone – that’s okay, that’s your choice. However if you are feeling lonely, maybe it’s time to ring a friend or have a cup of tea round your parents house.

It’s important to try and recognise when it’s best for you to be around others and when it’s best to have some time to yourself.

It’s not easy and it takes time, but once you allow yourself to have some time away from socialising then you will start to benefit from it.

Em x

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