The Best Ways to Manage a Mental Illness

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Having a mental illness, be it depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or anything else, no matter
how mild or severe, is a challenge. While many of these mental illnesses have no permanent
solution, learning management techniques can make it a whole lot easier. Let’s talk about a
few of them.

Online Therapy
One of the best ways you can manage your mental illness is to speak to a pro, but many
people cannot commute to a therapist’s office every week. Online therapy has made it easier. You can speak to a remote therapist through phone, text, or video chat, and they can provide as good of help as an in-person sessions can provide.

There are many online therapy resources that have sprung up through many years, including BetterHelp.com. These resources are worth checking out if you want to get some help and personalized ways to manage.

Improve Your Friend’s Circle
Having supportive friendships is one way you can manage your mental illness. Surrounding
yourself with people who don’t enable you, but aren’t too harsh with you, is a good idea. You
want people who will encourage you to make changes for improvement, but won’t put you
down should you not reach them. These friends can come online or in your local
communities.

The opposite is true too. Cutting off people who are bad for your mental health may be for the best, too.

Exercise
Having a regular exercise schedule can help you focus and it releases endorphins that make
you feel better. If you’re busy, or physically unfit, you don’t need to be some awesome
bodybuilder to get the benefits; a brisk walk can be just what you need.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This is taught by many therapists, but you can learn it on your own. CBT is taking bad
thoughts and habits and replacing them with good ones. For example, if you always reach for
the chips when you feel a snack, learn to reach for apple slices. It’s easier said than done,
and that’s why many will need a professional to help them.

Meditate
Take some time to sit down, relax, and take deep breaths. Feel the breaths enter and leave
your body, filling you with life. Play some white noise and drown out anything that distracts
you, and you’ll be surprised with how much an occasional meditation a day can help you.

Sleep Consistently
With mental illness, you sometimes either oversleep, or don’t sleep enough. Neither is good
for you. Make sure you’re getting the best sleep possible whenever you’re dealing with mental illness. Always unwind after a long day, and try not to wind yourself up on technology too much. Practice good sleep hygiene, and see a therapist if you’re still having trouble sleeping. Getting a consistent 7-8 hours of sleep (possibly more or less depending on who you are,) can improve your mental health quite a bit.

Seek Help Immediately if Things Get Bad
If you find yourself in a dark place, such as having thoughts of suicide or violence, then seek
help as soon as possible. Even if you don’t act on it, it can be a sign of a ticking time bomb,
and a therapist can help you improve.

Keep Going
If you somehow fall out of your good habits, don’t beat yourself over it; instead, make sure
you’re chugging on, and always remember that it does get better. By continuing to practice
healthy habits, you can improve your mental illness symptoms quite a bit and live the best life
that you possibly can. Here’s to a good life.

  Marie Miguel Biography

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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