Are you struggling to make it through the day?
When you live with mental illness, there are times where your mental health might deteriorate at the drop of a hat. Sometimes you can get through it on your own, and sometimes you need something to distract from the struggle so you can make it through the day without a serious episode.
There may not be a cure-all for mental health struggles, but there are many things you can do to try to mitigate your symptoms in the moment. Here are a few things you can try the next time you find yourself struggling!
Focus On Routine
When you find your mental health slipping, it’s a good idea to take the pressure off and just focus on your regular routine. Keep to your standard bed and wake-up times, make sure you eat your meals and snacks, and drink your water. Focus on the next part of your daily routine, and it can help to quiet the frantic energy of your mind. One step at a time, one minute at a time. You can get through that next milestone!
Embrace Joyful Movement
It’s no secret that exercise helps boost your mental health! Take the time for some joyful movement; have an impromptu dance party for one, head to the gym, or take that hike you’ve been putting off. In public or don’t have time for a real workout break? Do some stretches at your desk, or take a quick walk around the block. Lean into that fresh air, focus only on the thing you’re doing. Take that break, and let those endorphins help you keep going!
Connect With A Loved One
Sometimes all you really need is someone to lean on. Call a family member, text a friend, or ask a close coworker to grab coffee. That human connection can make all the difference and can make you feel less isolated. You don’t necessarily even need to talk about your mental health if you’re not ready to; but when you are, clear and honest communication can do a lot to heal the soul.
Start Your Therapy Journey
If you find yourself really struggling, it may be time to contact your doctor and start your talk therapy treatment. Whether you already have a mental health professional in your life, or whether you need to find one, just getting the ball rolling can take a weight off your shoulders that you didn’t know existed. Worried you might get a bad therapist? Ask your doctor for recommendations! They may know someone who would be the right fit for you.
Not quite ready or able to take that leap? Consider one of the many mobile mental health resources available on your smartphone!
Find Your People
Are you looking for a group of people that understands what you’re experiencing? Maybe your loved ones try to be supportive, but unless they have lived experience with mental illness, they might sometimes just not have the right words to help you with what you’re going through.
At Punk Rock Saves Lives, we know how helpful it can be to connect with those who have similar life experiences. That’s why we created an online peer mental health support community on Facebook! Join us today, and remember that you are never truly alone.