The conversation about mental health is slowly beginning to enter the mainstream with campaigners and social media activists working to destigmatize the subject. If you are someone who suffers with some form of mental illness, then looking for proactive ways of coping and getting help when you need it are essential to being able to live your life to the full and not be limited by your internal struggles.
Putting yourself first
Getting the help that you need when you need it is the most vital thing you can do to help you control your mental illness going forward. Learning more about self-harm and self harm recovery is a positive step in the right direction and will lead to you talking to the professionals when you need to.
To help you out, this quick guide looks at three potential things you can do to help you feel like yourself again, including:
- The importance of self-image
- How to get help
- Small things that make a big difference
For now, here are some things you need to know if you are struggling with self-harm:
- Reach out to your family, your friends, or if you are having trouble talking to people close to you, a professional (this could be a therapist, teacher, boss, etc.)
- When you feel the urge to act upon your emotions, try to remove yourself from the situation. For example, go outside and take the deep breaths or walk into a room with other people in it.
- Always try and take note of what triggers these feelings so that you understand what needs to be worked through in order to get better.
Dress for the occasion
This top tip is ideal for the days where your mental illness isn’t in full swing, but you still need some help to feel like yourself and get through the day, which is where self-image comes into play.
Research proves the way you dress affects your behavior so, when you are feeling down, dress for the mood you want to have. You might not feel like putting on your favorite dress or doing your hair, but this will actually help to increase your mood and feel more secure in yourself.
Small steps still count
When you are having a difficult day, even the most seemingly simple of tasks can seem like too much, and this is a perfectly normal feeling. To help you not be limited by this on a day to day basis, finding easy things you can do to improve your mood and help you get on with your day is a great idea.
Use the below checklist next time you are feeling down (even print it out and stick it next to your bed so that you’re prepared).
- Get out of bed
- Tell or message someone you care about to say hello and that you love them
- Have a shower, brush your teeth, wash your face, put clean clothes on – any one of these tasks will help you feel better and more accomplished
- Get outside- even if it is just to walk to the corner store and by some milk, the fresh air and change of scenery will always have a positive impact.
Disclaimer: This article was written by a guest author.