How to Cope With Mental Illness

When it comes to our health, there are many facets to take into consideration. We all know the basics, such as dieting and exercise, but there is a ton of nuance to those basics, and there are many other facets at play. For instance, your environment can play a much larger role in your health than you give it credit for. For instance, black mold is a common problem in bathrooms, and it’s not a problem just because it doesn’t look good. It can actually cause a lot of respiratory problems. If you weren’t previously aware of this, you may still think it’s somewhat obvious. Kind of like an extension of pest control, in a sense. However, way too many of us are inclined to completely disregard the subject of this article, which speaks more to a societal problem than just plain old ignorance. And, the subject of this article is mental illness. There’s a good chance many who see this will have a knee jerk reaction along the lines of saying that mental illness isn’t real, or at least isn’t a serious problem, and that people just need to be less sensitive. However, the rest of us have probably seen how wrong they are, as mental illness is more common now than ever before. And, while I have my theories as to why this is the case, that’s a topic for another time. Here and now is the place and time to talk not about the cause, but about treatment. The nature of mental illness means a lot of cases will go without a proper diagnosis and be treated primarily via self medication such as drugs and alcohol. This is a trend we want to move away from, but professional help may still be out of reach because of the stigma attached to mental illness. Therefore, it can be a good idea to have some ways to combat mental illness such as depression without turning to substance abuse. Here are some tips from someone suffering from depression and social anxiety.

First and foremost, eliminate unnecessary stress from your life. For starters, consider your friends. In many cases, our “friends” are basically glorified acquaintances, and what’s worse is that many of these friends can be gossips that thrive on drama, and that’s exactly what a mentally ill person doesn’t need any more of. So, don’t be afraid to distance yourself from friends that aren’t that important to you, especially if they are a magnet for trouble. That said, isolation is the last thing you want. The biggest problem with mental illness is that your mind becomes its own worst enemy. Being alone for prolonged periods can allow you to stew in your own illness induced negative emotions and create a bigger problem and a worse feeling. Another thing you could do to alleviate anxiety is to make a change in your life, such as picking up a creative hobby. You could also invest in some new shoes from Aldo, or other fashion related items, in order to change up your appearance. This seemingly innocuous things can actually be a major blessing, because one big factor of mental illness is a lack of variety.