Mental Illness will not get better if you try to treat it on your own without professional care. However, it is important for you to not just seek professional care, but also you need to follow your treatment plan and make necessary lifestyle changes that will help you better cope with your mental illness.
Here are some lifestyle changes to improve mental illness:
• Stick to your treatment plan – Don’t skip therapy sessions; Even if you’re feeling better, don’t skip your medications.
• Avoid alcohol and drug use – Using alcohol or recreational drugs can make it difficult to treat a mental illness. If you’re addicted, you may want to find a support group to help you.
• Stay active – Exercise can help you manage symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety. Even light physical activity can make a difference.
• Don’t make important decisions when your symptoms are severe – Avoid decision-making when you’re in the depth of mental illness symptoms, since you may not be thinking clearly.
• Determine priorities – Cut back on obligations when necessary and set reasonable goals. Give yourself permission to do less when symptoms are worse.
• Learn to adopt a positive attitude – Focusing on the positive things in your life can make your life better and may even improve your health.
Lifestyle changes are necessary to improve mental illness. You and your health professional can decide which treatment may be best for you depending on the severity of your symptoms, your personal preferences, and any medication side effects.