I’ve had over eight different jobs in the past two years. It’s been incredibly hard to keep a job because of my mental health problems. My mental health issues manifest into physical symptoms like migraines, vomiting, blushing, shaking, and a racing heartbeat. At my age, retail jobs seemed like the only option, but dealing with customers became impossible. January of this year marked the first time I’d had any form of income in at least a year. Things were finally starting to turn around for me.
After months of crying, panic attacks and growing increasingly bitter… I finally stopped asking myself, “Who would hire a manic-depressive schizophrenic?” and started asking myself, “Why wouldn’t someone hire me? I’m a fantastic writer, a dedicated advocate, and the founder of a blog that helps people feel heard.”
Being self-employed has its difficulties, sure. People don’t take my work seriously. They think I sit around all day. They don’t see me as having a “real job.” But as someone who couldn’t find work for so long, as someone with a mental illness, being misunderstood is nothing new to me.
I’m a freelance writer, blogger, and social media manager. I work from home, and I love it. I love being able to make my own schedule and to sit at my laptop in my PJ’s. This is the best option for me, but what about others in the mental illness community?
Working from home is not for everyone, but it’s something everyone should look into. My work-at-home lifestyle could lead others to develop depression and loneliness. The flexibility of working from home is great, but the inconsistency of pay is not so great. There are pros and cons, as with any job. I have found what I love, and it may not be for everyone, but I want people to know that if you haven’t been able to keep a job, there are other options for you. There are so many options.
Being able to work builds our confidence and helps us feel purposeful! Don’t give up if you still haven’t found your place in the workforce. This website is a great resource for those of us working from home!
August Blair is the founder of Survival is a Talent. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media manager. She studies creative writing at Georgia State University. She loves reading, sweets, and warm weather. A story about her life with a mental illness has been published in the next volume of The i’Mpossible Project. It is available for pre-order and will be in stores November 2017. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.