It’s Normal to Feel Shit Sometimes

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For many of us, acknowledging that we may be suffering from a mental health issue can be a long, difficult process. What can be even more difficult, though, once you have acknowledged your problem and are trying to deal with it, is to recognise and be comfortable with those bad periods in your life – however long or short – that are just that. Bad patches that we all go through and which define our human experience.

Today’s positive thought is a reminder to myself that it’s ok, and perfectly normal, to feel shit sometimes. There are situations in life that cause you to feel anxious, sad, frustrated, furious. Sometimes debilitatingly so. It’s ok to rationalise this and roll with it. Everyone has bad days. They’re not all due to your mental health issues. They’re an inevitable part of life that makes us who we are.

On these occasions, it’s important not to overthink. Easily said, I know. You’ve not failed at managing your issues. You’ve not failed to spot the signs. You’ve not failed to employ your coping strategies. It’s just a shit day, or a shit week, or maybe even a shit couple of months. In a way, recognising this can bring comfort. Not everything you feel is determined by a condition from which you suffer, or a psychological issue you’ve been battling.

In that sense, a day that’s simply shit can almost feel like a privilege for some of us.

Here’s to the shit times.


Nadine Muller

Nadine Muller

Nadine is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research covers the literary and cultural histories of women, gender, and feminism from the nineteenth century through to the present day. She is currently completing a monograph on the Victorian widow (Liverpool University Press, 2019), and is leading War Widows' Stories, a participatory arts and oral history project on war widows in Britain.

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  1. 21/01/2016

    […] People usually mean well when they tell you it’s normal to feel like this. Especially if your problem is anxiety, they may want to put you at ease and not worry about a potential medical diagnosis in addition to whatever problems are causing you to feel anxious. And their words are worth listening to and considering, especially on those days that are simply shit – the ones I talked about in my last post. […]

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