Start Taking Care Of You

It can be tough to do everyday things when dealing with mental health. Just getting out of bed can be a struggle. It is essential to set a schedule for your day. Start getting up every day at the same time. Make your bed before doing anything. Making your bed will give you a sense of accomplishment and put an extra pep in your step for the day. Then, create a routine of getting around, medication, breakfast, showering, shaving, etc. Make sure to follow that routine in the same order at the exact times every day. Force yourself to be proactive even if you feel down. Go to work/school. Make all your appointments. Make sure you are taking breaks throughout the day. If you start to feel overwhelmed, stop and breathe for a moment. Do not skip your breaks at work. Take that time to refocus. Set alarms for all your medications. Make time to hang out with a family member, friend, or colleague. Make your best attempt to do twenty minutes of any exercise in the evening an hour before bedtime. Before going to sleep, take time to reflect on your day. Some people might like to journal. Journaling is an excellent tool for dealing with your mental health and sharing them with your therapist, so you two can tackle day-to-day issues. The way you set up your day should be whatever makes you happy and most productive. Being organized and on time and accomplishing even the smallest of daily tasks will boost your mental health tremendously. If you struggle to set up a schedule, bring it up with your therapist. They will be more than happy to sit down and help you. Taking care of yourself is the most important thing. You can not help or take care of anyone if you have not helped and taken care of yourself first. Remember, you are not alone.

By: Joshua Bridges



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