Whether you have a case of the blues or suffer from diagnosed major depression or another mental health ailment, we all need strategies for coping well. There are a range of strategies that you may find helpful in dealing with mental health issues. Here are a just a few to get you started:
Use self-talk. Yes, talk to yourself. We actually talk to ourselves all the time. This is being conscious of how you talk to yourself and making a concerted effort to talk well to yourself. Use positive affirmations. Write them on post-it notes. Put them where you’ll see them everyday. Make positive self-talk as habitual as exercise. You don’t necessarily feel good right away but over the course of time, you’ll see a difference and feel better.
Think positively. Or like I say, cut out stinking thinking. Some common thinking traps we find ourselves include all or nothing thinking, jumping to conclusions and overgeneralizations amongst other cognitive distortions. Try avoiding extremes in your thinking and give yourself a break. Seek help if you find the source of many of your problems as a result of the way you think of them.
Get more sleep. Sleep is everything. It really is. It’s important to pay special attention to your sleep hygiene. Ask yourself, how many hours of sleep am I getting? What is my bedtime routine? Little things such as practicing meditation, deep breathing, taking a hot bath and not using your electronic 30-minutes before bed time can all help in securing a better sleep hygiene.
Initiative positive social contact. Isolation can be the enemy of good mental health. Positive social contact can be if anything distracting to those negtive thoughts we have, can give us someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of and can give us perspective. Ask them to talk a walk with you or grab a cup of coffee.
I hope you found this helpful as a beginning list of things to do to cope with life a little better. If you find yourself needing more mental heatlh coping strategies and need some help, contact me at (440) 836-3186 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I’d love to hear about what is going on and direct you to the right help. If you are looking for help with codependency issues or relationship difficulties, you can read more about how I can help here.