Loving someone selflessly no matter the circumstance isn’t something that comes easy. Friendships & relationships can become strained when theres a lack of communication & understanding of one another. When it comes to Mental illnesses it can become even harder to navigate relationships, especially if its not you but your friend or partner that has the mental illness.
Today I’ll be sharing my advice on how to love someone with a mental illness & how to understand them a little bit more. Please remember these are my own personal views, and this advice won’t be a one size fits all for all mental illnesses, as they all vary!
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For most of my adult life I have had long distance friendships. Me and my friends maintain a pretty regular friendship with 4,000+ miles between us. We met when they came here to the UK from America. They came here for a semester (around 4 months) to study and work at the church I attend. Long distance friendships, similar to long distance relationships can be hard to maintain but I’m here today to tell you why they are so worth it.
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You’re probably reading this title, like Olivia why would I want to show grace to people who are unkind? Well, research shows that there are several reasons why someone is a mean or unkind person. A lot of it has to do with how people have treated them in the past, a lack of self confidence, treating you how they feel about themselves – this is called projection and various other psychological reasons. I think that unkind people need the most love. It can be hard to do this, because how can you force yourself to show someone love who was mean to you? Well todays post talks about how we can take steps to be more graceful to others.
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I did a blog post recently that was called ‘5 Lessons I’ve Learnt From My Parents‘ and I thought it would be a great idea to do the same post but based around things I’ve learnt from my friends. I’m so lucky to have been blessed with so many amazing friends throughout my life. Some just for a season and some for the long haul. I’m grateful for the lessons learnt in all of those friendships. My friends play such a huge role in my life so why not pass on the lessons and knowledge that I have learnt from them onto the world.
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There is one thing the world so desperately needs right now and thats more kind people. 2020 has been a rough year. We’ve had Coronavirus, racial injustice around the world and devastating explosions and fires. Now let me be clear, I’m not saying random acts of kindness is the answer to all of the terrible things happening in the world. However, as humans we should stick together. We are in this together. Being kind to each other is the very least thing we should do for one another. I have come up with a list 30 random acts of kindness that we can do to show each other a little bit of love, because we know that we need it right now.
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We have all been there. We’ve gotten to a point where a friendship or relationship just isn’t working for us anymore, we don’t know what to do. We know we must walk away from them but we don’t know how. Hopefully I can provide some useful tips for you all in this post. I’m no expert but I’ll do my best to give you as much knowledge as I can around this tough subject.
Please remember that I don’t know your situation, so this advice may be relevant and it may not. Thats just how things are sometimes, but I’ll do my best to be as broad as I can!
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