I, like many others am living with mental illness. If you were recently diagnosed or having a bad time with your illness, you might be looking for ways to help yourself. Or perhaps you are too low to even do that and stumbled upon this article somehow. Either way, there are some tried and tested methods to help yourself when you are suffering from mental illness. Here are a few.
Tips for Living with Mental Illness
Find treatment providers that treat you with respect. I have had many therapists and doctors over the years. The most important thing is to find a treatment provider that listens to what you have to say and really hears you. They also they need to provide feedback in a respectful way. This is very important. If you don’t like your treatment team, find a new one.
Stick to your treatment plan. This is very important. If you are feeling good, don’t stop your medications without speaking to your doctor. Chances are the medicine is why you feel the way you do. It’s easy to forget how we felt before medication. I have been compliant with my meds with no exceptions for almost ten years now and I know it has helped me.
Practice self-care. Even with the best treatment team and meds, you will have bad days. If I am doing poorly, two things that help me are taking a shower or taking a nap. They might not be perfect coping skills but they are what works for me when I’m having a really hard day.
Find a purpose. I have a lot of hobbies that I pick up and put down. A lot of people with mental illness might be on disability and don’t work. It’s important to fill your days with something other than just laying in bed, or you are bound to get depressed. Consider the things you enjoy doing, and invest more time in them.
Accept love into your life. If you have friends and loved ones, do not push them away. They care about you and want to see you healthy.
Accept that you are beautiful and unique. This can be hard as a lot of mental illness sufferers have self-esteem issues. This is something you can work on in therapy.
Connect with others that have a similar life experience. I honestly couldn’t live without the internet. There are lots of groups on social media for people with mental illness. Join them.
Learn to be your own advocate. If you are having issues it’s important you speak with your treatment team. If there are issues with medications, insurance, the pharmacy, you need to be able to stay on top of them.
If you’re living with mental illness, remember this: Never give up. I know it can be hard, but you are meant to be here and you are worth it. If you are in danger, seek help, don’t ignore it.