When it comes to our health, we’re understandably deeply invested. After all, it’s a matter of life and death. Poor health leads to a shorter life and a lower quality of life, so it’s in your best interest to lead a healthy life. However, when we talk about health, we’re not really looking at the whole picture. We’re focused too much on the body and not nearly focused enough on the mind. Mental health is a real problem, and it’s a wide spread problem. And, mental health and physical health are interconnected. This is why symptoms of depression include fatigue and migraines and why prolonged stress leads to tense and aching muscles. Therefore, we have to start taking mental illness more seriously as a culture. Until we do, many sufferers of mental illness don’t even know why they feel the way they do, and when they do, they don’t always feel like they can accept help, because needing help and accepting it are perceived as weakness. In light of this fact, you may be in need of some way to cope until such a time that you can get a diagnosis and get treatment. Here are some tips to help you manage your mental illness symptoms.
First and foremost, change is good for depression. A lack of variety in your day to day life is boring to most of us, but it can lead to, or exacerbate, depression. Humans, like any animal, need mental stimulation, so keeping yourself isolated and stagnating are the worst thing for you. The tragic thing here is that depression makes you want to do just that. However, simply getting out of the house and taking a walk from time to time will do immense good. It alleviates depression and anxiety, in part because of the change in scenery, and in part because of the light exercise involved. Another to change up your life to alleviate depression is to change your image. So don’t be afraid to spend a bit of money on some new threads from Old Navy. But, don’t make the mistake the money cures depression, because that is one incredibly detrimental combination.
Another way to cope with depression and anxiety is by simplifying your life. Distancing yourself, not from friends, but from loose acquaintances you never see can be tremendously helpful is said acquaintances are prone to starting drama. Another example is to cease paying for a service such as cable TV when you primarily watch videos, TV shows, and movies via Netflix, YouTube, etc. You don’t lose much in the trade off, but that’s one less bill to worry about each month.