The following post will discuss the role of treats in mental illness, and will contain my own musings.
Is it important to have treats in mental illness?
I feel that it is. Treats like chocolate can enhance our mood.
I feel that people avoid treats when they are mentally unwell, and it is because we feel that we do not deserve this. I have felt this way many times. Mental illness has made me hate myself and feel ashamed. I did not want to give myself a treat. I felt like doing the opposite.
I had caused so much worry to my parents, so I should be punished.
I feel that I am not alone in feeling this way, and a lot of mentally ill people will resist the idea of a treat.
I like a bubble bath, hot drinks, and a movie. I also like to buy books.
If I spend money on myself, then I can feel guilty.
But I have learned that a treat can help to stabilise my mood, and change my day from a bad day to a good day.
I have learned that it is hard to manage depression without regular treats and rewards.
If I reward myself in some way, then I can feel my anxiety becoming less.