“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
When you’re in survival mode you do whatever you need to survive, hence why it’s called survival mode. You don’t have to be in the middle of a jungle facing a life or death situation to be in survival mode.
Survival mode can you look different for everyone, for some they feel like they’re eternally tired, others might stop their routines or healthy habits. Just like with every other mental illness it isn’t a one size fits all situation.
For some they’ve been in survival mode for months or even years, they no longer know what it feels like to relax or feel. Some other signs that you might be in survival mode include:
- Struggling to engage in conversations
- Spacing out easily
- Snapping easily
- Prioritizing immediate comfort (comfort eating, retail therapy, etc.)
- Losing the joy of things you used to love
- Feeling like you’re living in black and white
- Living but never thriving
- Having a constant sense of numbness
Although some of these things can be seen by other people the majority of it is internal. Unless someone is extremely attentive and knew you before you were in survival mode they really don’t know. If you are in survival mode don’t be afraid to admit it to yourself and those around you. It isn’t something to be ashamed of and just like raising a kid, it takes a village.
Someone in survival mode deserves to feel again, to have the life they want to live and not just barely survive.