I make no secret of it, but I suffer from bad mental health as well as bad physical health. It can come out looking really ad, it can come out looking selfish and uncaring, flakey and over-sensitive; and so much more.
It affects my life management, all the way from elements of my hygiene to my sleep, to my eating, to my sleeping and almost every other aspect of my life.
It puts you in such a negative spin that it feels the world is insurmountable and all your issues are the worst in the world. It even makes you realize how pathetic you're being over certain things, which just makes things worst.
The following is a guide on things to look out for, and a few ways of explaining things - along with my natural flair and take on the front end programming languages to show off a little bit more on what I can do - so someone can pay me money to do some work.
This is the theory that those with invisible illnesses such as mental health, have a limited pot - and events throughout the day take from it.
Traffic Lights to explain what you can do that day.
Signs to look out for, for those who are in need for help.
Spoon Theory was started by a blog post about a school kid with an invisible illness
Her friend asked her what it was like to be ill, so she replied "I get tired, i'm in a lot of pain..."
No, what is it really like?
So the school kid rushed around the lunchtime canteen they were in, and picked up all the cutlery she could find. Let's call it 25 pieces to make it easier to explain. She handed the cutlery to her friend and said "What is it you do every day?"
"Errm, go school?"
The ill kid pushed on "No, really, what is it you do?"
"I wake up, get out of bed, and brush my teeth" said the friend, and with that, the sick friend took a spoon.
"I then do my morning yoga."
And so on until 3/4 of the day was done and there was no cutlery left
You now need a nap to get more spoons back
"But I don't have time !"
"OK, you can borrow a spoon from tomorrow, but it means tomorow you'll have less spoons to do your daily stuff with.
Most people need a little rest in the day, but when you're mentall ill, life can be far more draining on you. Here is a little widget i've created to show you how much more draining it can be.
I've gotten a series of things that most people do throughout the day, and given it a score on how draining I find it. When the slider reaches 100, you need a rest & it resets itself.
This is something I found useful on a HuffPost article in regards to converting your mental health into a traffic light system
Aside from all the above, the following signs may show.