Mental illness can be quite difficult for most people to live with from day to day. In most cases, people with mental illness are forced into society with no positive support or resources to assist them throughout the journey.
Here are some ways to help you cope with mental illness:
• Determine priorities. You may reduce the impact of your mental illness by managing your time and energy. Cut back on obligations when necessary and set reasonable goals. Give yourself permission to do less when symptoms are worse.
• Join a support group. Connecting with others facing similar challenges may help you cope. Support groups for mental illness are available in many communities and online.
• Stay connected with family and friends. Try to participate in social activities and get together with family or friends regularly. Ask for help when you need it and be upfront with your loved ones about how you’re doing.
• Keep a journal. Keeping track of your personal life can help you and your mental health provider identify what triggers or improves your symptoms. It’s also a healthy way to explore and express pain, anger, fear and other emotions.
• Learn to adopt a positive attitude. Focusing on positive things in your life can make your life better and may even improve your health.
Simply put, be sure to learn about your mental illness. Your doctor or therapist can provide you with information or may recommend classes, books or websites. Include your family, too – this can help the people who care about you understand what you’re going through and learn how they can help.