Many of my closest friends have suffered or are suffering from a mental illness of some kind. I am always there to support them and I don’t think anyone should ever have to face such a dark time on their own.
Talk to someone:
1 in 4 people will develop a mental illness at some point during their lifetime, and the rate is increasing rapidly. If you or anyone you know is developing any signs of a mental illness or is having a difficult time, speak to someone you can trust (e.g. parents/carers, teachers, friends, professionals). They will be there to support you through such a dark time and it will make it easier to get help before it gets any worse.
Take a deep breath and distract yourself:
There are many situations where you may feel anxious, upset, or frustrated about something. Whenever this happens, take some deep breaths and attempt to take your mind off things. Divert your thoughts by thinking about your favourite songs, sing a song, or think about things that make you happy. This may be easier said than done, but by distracting your mind from any negative thoughts and feelings, your day will get so much easier and you will begin to feel better.
Take care of you health:
By making sure you are healthy, your mental health will improve dramatically. By doing simple things like exercising, eating well, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and taking any medication you have been prescribed, you will feel a lot better and more positive. By staying healthy you are also more likely to eventually get through your battle with mental illness and overcome it.
Surround yourself with positivity:
Surrounding yourself with positive people will make your day much easier. I have a very close friend who goes through a lot of hard times and has struggled frequently over the last few years. By surrounding himself with support from people who care and staying away from any negativity, he has found his days much easier to deal with and it has helped him on his journey to get better. Positive vibes can be created by simply lighting a candle, relaxing or listening to some of your favourite music to put you in a better mood.
Do things that make you happy:
One of the easiest things to do when you are feeling down, stressed or anxious, is to do things that make you happy. Whether that is reading a book, listening to music, going out with friends or something else, do activities that will take your mind off things and make you feel better about the day.
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