Night-time was the worst. It was always the worst. Usually in the day she could put it from her mind. But when she tried to sleep all the memories returned.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, try to focus your mind on just one thing that will help you to hang on, and also reconnect you with your inner strength. The following questions might help with this:
1. Can you think of one occasion when you felt “it was too much”, and yet you found you coped, and you made it through the day? How did you manage to keep going at that time? How can you apply that to what’s happening right now?
2. Can you think of one key strength that is part of who you are, that gives you confidence, and persuades you “you’ll survive”? How can you ensure you keep accessing that strength?
3. Identify one boundary you know you must enforce, to take care of yourself, and protect your mental health?
4. Can you think of one small thing you could start to do today to make life easier, and reduce some of the stress?
5. Can you think of one dark thought that you need to put aside. It only makes things worse, and it leads down rabbit holes?
6. Can you call to mind one person who accepts you as you are, is always there for you, and who genuinely care?
7. What one essential truth will remain your guiding light, and keep you on the path when you feel like giving up?