'It's all in your head' they say as I rub my temples trying to get rid of my chronic stress headache.
'It's all in your head' they say as I nurse regular stomach aches because I binge eat when I'm upset.
'It's all in your head' they say as my hands cramp because they are shaking so badly.
'It's all in your head' they say as my back aches from making myself small.
I should not have to defend the fact that my mental and physical health are linked. I should not have to explain to you that living under low levels of elevated stress makes me more prone to illness and exhaustion. I shouldn’t have to defend the fact that I function at lower levels than the average ‘normal’ person just because I have a mental illness.
First off, I think our culture has neglected and forgotten the connection between mind and body. Second, being a mental illness, yes, it is all in your head. Realizing your mental illness is inside of your head, you can take advantage of your mind.
I know what I have is probably different from what you have, but when I realize why I feel unworthy of everything, I can often change how I feel by going outside for a little while, when it’s appropriate (going outside at night would probably make me feel worse; but even on cloudy day, the light through the clouds feels good). Feeling a little better, sometimes I feel alright with connecting with a trusted friend.
My mental illness is different from yours; I don’t know when yours developed, but I was about eighteen, so I knew something had changed and fought it. You should try to learn to harness your weaknesses, and this may take an outside source.