What to do if you’re mentally ill and your family doesn’t support you.
Living well is the best revenge. Make frequent lists of what you’re grateful for in your present life. They tell you to do this in twelve step meetings, but it can work for anyone. Think of the little things that make you happy. Make a list of things to do that will soothe you when you’re upset, but make the list of these things while you’re feeling well so you can read it later if you get upset. Try to plan these soothing activities for after you see your family. If you’re having a hard time thinking of things then have a close friend help you with suggestions.
Try to remember people who were supportive within & outside your family when you were having a hard time. Think of the times when you were resilient. List your accomplishments. Try to imagine what your life would be like if you gave up the expectation of support from your family. What would your life be like if you surrounded yourself with supportive people? You can’t change the past, but you have control over your future. Look ahead. Make goals for yourself. What are the things you’ve always wanted to try but have put off? As you meet your goals you’ll feel better about yourself. You can’t control what others say and think, but you can control your reactions. You can choose to be content.