As mental awareness increases, so does the need for help as we seek ways to help ourselves and those around us.
According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control, “1 in 5 adults in the U.S. who have had Covid-19 still have so-called long-term Covid symptoms.” These are defined as symptoms that last 3-5 months. These include fatigue, shortness of breath. Problems concentrating and brain fog. Some suffer from depression or anxiety about the future. ”
Whatever your situation, you know or live with someone who is affected by mental illness, from depression, anxiety, to feelings of worthlessness, to name a few. Some families take care of their loved one 24/7 and it’s exhausting. Some loved ones are not properly diagnosed which causes more mental stress and anxiety. It can leave us wondering how to manage in such a challenging part of life.
Healthy thinking starts with self-preservation. Experts agree that we cannot take care of those close to us until we ourselves are strong and healthy. Expert advice can be summed up in a few things you can do to prepare yourself for the daily challenges of mental illness while helping your loved ones experience a better quality of life.
Ways to strengthen yourself mentally and physically
- Talk to a friend who understands what you are going through
- Get some rest This may require outside help.
- Seek help from a therapist to keep your mind in good shape
- Do your best to eat healthy foods, even if it’s soft
- Give yourself grace. Don’t blame yourself or your loved one
- Don’t give up whenever someone needs help
- Set boundaries that allow you to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.
- Love your love and they will overcome their pain.
- Record your feelings, thoughts and concerns
- Train your mind to think positively and hope for better times in the future
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