By: Stan Popovich
Many people live with a mental health disorder in today’s society.
I am sometimes asked what can a person do when they have to deal with a mental health disorder for a large portion of their life. Here are some suggestions on what a person can do deal with their long term mental health issues.
1. Always determine the source of your fears. If a person can determine what is causing their mental health issues, then he or she will be better able to find the answers to their mental health problems.
2. Listen to the professionals and not your friends. Many people tend to worry about what their family, friends, and coworkers think and that can be a mistake. I recommend that a person always follow the advice of a professional mental health counselor and not their friends.
3. Don’t get overwhelmed. Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. This helps from getting overwhelmed which can increase your stress and anxieties.
4. Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. Be determined to learn from your struggles and experiences and find ways to improve so you can live a happy life.
5. Remain Focused. I feel that a person needs to be aware of their mental health issues instead of trying to ignore them. Acknowledge that you have a problem and go from there in trying to live your life. Ignoring your mental health issues will not make the problem go away. Be honest with yourself and be determined to overcome your obstacles.
6. Get Help. Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem.
When you live with a mental disorder, always use the services of a counselor on a regular basis.
The more you learn about how to deal with your issues, the better of you will be in the long run. The key is to be patient, take things in stride, and not to give up. Most people who deal with these issues are still able to live a normal life. It just takes a little bit of extra work.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”.For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/