Try some or all of the 10 tips below to help find the right balance in your life during uncertain times. If you are receiving treatment for a mental illness, these tips can help you manage your disorder and support your treatment and recovery.

  1. VALUE YOURSELF. Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons with gardening, dance lessons, learning to play an instrument.
  2. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals, avoid cigarettes, drink plenty of water, and get enough sleep and EXERCISE.
  3. FBH team member since 2008

    FBH team member since 2008

  4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE. People with strong connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people.
  5. GIVE OF YOURSELF. Volunteer your time and energy to help someone. You’ll feel good doing something tangible — and it’s a great way to meet new people.
  6. LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS. Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life.
  7. QUIET YOUR MIND. Try meditating or reaching out spiritually. Relaxation and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook.
  8. SET REALISTIC GOALS. Decide what you want to achieve professionally or personally, and write down the steps you need to take to realize your goals. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.
  9.  BREAK UP THE MONOTONY. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.
  10.  AVOID DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. Sometimes people use alcohol or other drugs to “self- medicate” the symptoms of a mental disorder.
  11. GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and lead full, productive lives.

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