It is possible that you are naturally very introverted. Introverts tend to listen to and watch others and often don’t realize that they are not sharing the conversation. The theory is that you are born with your “type” just like eye color.
If you have a lot of friends and they like your company, you’re obviously not antisocial. It’s very common for people to have times when they don’t feel like talking, and first thing after waking up in the morning has to be up there near the top of the list of those times, worried or not.
Here are tips for recovering from mental illness. Tell me any really good tips I’ve missed out in the comments. They’re not commandments, just what worked for me – feel free to disagree.
Know your enemy
If you have a particular condition or group of conditions, research them and know them. Know your enemy: know the kind of negative thoughts and behaviour patterns you might fall into, and watch out for them. Don’t let your condition lie to you or control you. Instead, learn how to manage it, and minimise its control over your life.
Your thoughts are not ‘you’
If you have a mental illness, the thoughts in your head will sometimes cause you pain. And then some of us will freak out at having those thoughts and being a rotten or weak person. Thoughts are just thoughts. We don’t have to let them bully us or cause us pain. We can choose not to listen to them.
We are habitual creatures. Changing habits takes long-term effort
Human personalities are bundles of automatic habits, lit up by a small ray of conscious thought. We can shine that ray onto our habits, think if they’re working for us, and if not, we can change our habits. Our personalities are always changing, all the way through our life.
Focus on what you can control, while accepting for the time being what you can’t
Be efficient in your energy. Focus your energy on what you can control and change.
And finally, a last quote, from Winston Churchill: if you’re going through hell, keep going. Don’t give up. You’re in this fight for all of us. And we’re in it too, shoulder-to-shoulder with you.