Home Health Tips From Me to You, Here's 30 Mental Health Tips – Yahoo Lifestyle

From Me to You, Here's 30 Mental Health Tips – Yahoo Lifestyle

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I’ve been in recovery from bipolar disorder for seven years and have been stable for almost four of them. Here are the 30 biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="(Disclaimer: These are things that have worked for me, but everyone is different, so they may not work for you. That’s OK! Find your own lessons and flourish.)” data-reactid=”23″>(Disclaimer: These are things that have worked for me, but everyone is different, so they may not work for you. That’s OK! Find your own lessons and flourish.)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="1. Self-care is not always bubble baths and watching Netflix.” data-reactid=”24″>1. Self-care is not always bubble baths and watching Netflix.

Sometimes it’s forcing yourself to sit at Dunkin’ Donuts on your computer for half an hour, instead of laying in a dark room all day, buried under the covers.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="2. Having a slipup is not equivalent to being back at square one.” data-reactid=”26″>2. Having a slipup is not equivalent to being back at square one.

That mindset might sabotage you.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="3. When you’re having a really bad day, be extra kind to others.” data-reactid=”28″>3. When you’re having a really bad day, be extra kind to others.

I know it makes me feel better knowing I’ve made someone else’s day better — especially when mine has sucked.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="4. Do not, do not, do not be afraid of distancing yourself from your diagnosis.” data-reactid=”30″>4. Do not, do not, do not be afraid of distancing yourself from your diagnosis.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Related:My Optimism Doesn’t Make Me Any Less Bipolar” data-reactid=”31″>Related:My Optimism Doesn’t Make Me Any Less Bipolar

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="I have bipolar disorder. That is a part of me. But so many other words come before “bipolar”&nbsp;when I’m describing myself. Above all, I am kind. And gentle. And feel things in really big ways.” data-reactid=”32″>I have bipolar disorder. That is a part of me. But so many other words come before “bipolar” when I’m describing myself. Above all, I am kind. And gentle. And feel things in really big ways.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="5. It’s OK not to be “the sick girl.” data-reactid=”33″>5. It’s OK not to be “the sick girl.

People will still love you when you’re healthy.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="6. Depression is not poetic or glamorous&nbsp;or any of the other things social media may try to tell you. ” data-reactid=”35″>6. Depression is not poetic or glamorous or any of the other things social media may try to tell you.

It’s just depressing. Period.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="7. It’s OK to be afraid of recovery.&nbsp;But be brave.” data-reactid=”37″>7. It’s OK to be afraid of recovery. But be brave.

When all you know is sadness, sometimes being happy is terrifying. Facing the scariest things in life can be the most worthwhile.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="8. Be authentically yourself.” data-reactid=”39″>8. Be authentically yourself.

You’ll make better friends and be prouder of who you are.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="9. Stop using massive amounts of self-deprecating humor.” data-reactid=”41″>9. Stop using massive amounts of self-deprecating humor.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="If all you do is joke about how much life sucks and hating yourself, how are you supposed to start believing otherwise? I know it can be funny and a great coping skill, but it can also be beyond harmful, even if you don’t feel it in the moment.” data-reactid=”42″>If all you do is joke about how much life sucks and hating yourself, how are you supposed to start believing otherwise? I know it can be funny and a great coping skill, but it can also be beyond harmful, even if you don’t feel it in the moment.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Related:4 Ways Seasonal Changes Affect My Bipolar Disorder” data-reactid=”43″>Related:4 Ways Seasonal Changes Affect My Bipolar Disorder

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="10. If you don’t have anything you like about yourself, make something.” data-reactid=”44″>10. If you don’t have anything you like about yourself, make something.

I used to hate who I was. Then, I started striving to be kind to everyone, because if I was kind, I’d have something to like about myself.  Continuously focusing on self-growth has made me really proud of who I am now.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="11. Drinking water and exercising won’t cure you, but it can help.
” data-reactid=”46″>11. Drinking water and exercising won’t cure you, but it can help.

As much as I hate to admit it.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="12. Go to your appointments. Take your meds. Reach out to your support system when you’re struggling. ” data-reactid=”48″>12. Go to your appointments. Take your meds. Reach out to your support system when you’re struggling.

Even if you hate it, that’s how you get better. Take. Care. Of. Your. Health.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="13. Recognize at least one thing that’s beautiful about the world each day.” data-reactid=”50″>13. Recognize at least one thing that’s beautiful about the world each day.

It can be as small as appreciating how nice the woman at McDonald’s was that day or as big as recognizing how mighty the universe is. Just see the beauty in something.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Related:When a Change in Seasons Brings a Change in Mental Illness” data-reactid=”52″>Related:When a Change in Seasons Brings a Change in Mental Illness

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="14. Don’t over-apologize.” data-reactid=”53″>14. Don’t over-apologize.

Not everything is your fault. Realize that.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="15. It’s better to be alone than to be with the wrong crowd.” data-reactid=”55″>15. It’s better to be alone than to be with the wrong crowd.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="16. If you don’t like something in your life, do what you can to change it. And if you can’t change it, do your best to laugh at your misfortune. ” data-reactid=”56″>16. If you don’t like something in your life, do what you can to change it. And if you can’t change it, do your best to laugh at your misfortune.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sometimes, things in your life will suck and changing it can be really challenging. But nine times out of 10 times, you can do something about it. Even if that something sounds hard or might take a long time, you can do it — and you’ll feel so much better when you do. And if you can’t change your situation, I promise laughing it off will make you feel better than harboring a constant anger inside of you. What I’ve learned is that anger is an exhausting thing to fixate on.” data-reactid=”57″>Sometimes, things in your life will suck and changing it can be really challenging. But nine times out of 10 times, you can do something about it. Even if that something sounds hard or might take a long time, you can do it — and you’ll feel so much better when you do. And if you can’t change your situation, I promise laughing it off will make you feel better than harboring a constant anger inside of you. What I’ve learned is that anger is an exhausting thing to fixate on.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="17. Again, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh.” data-reactid=”58″>17. Again, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh.

Sometimes there will be days where nothing goes your way. Instead of getting mad about it, try to laugh it off — even if it’s a laugh filled with bitterness and hatred. There is so much power in laughing at yourself and realizing every day can’t be this bad.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="18. You can smile and enjoy good moments and still be depressed.” data-reactid=”60″>18. You can smile and enjoy good moments and still be depressed.

You don’t need to be sad all of the time to validate your illness. Enjoy the few moments of happiness you do have.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="19. There are bigger things in life than being physically appealing.” data-reactid=”62″>19. There are bigger things in life than being physically appealing.

It’s OK if you don’t like your physical appearance. Start believing you’re pretty on the inside and the rest will follow.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="20. If you’re in therapy, be painfully honest.” data-reactid=”66″>20. If you’re in therapy, be painfully honest.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="So much more healing is done when you’re transparent.” data-reactid=”67″>So much more healing is done when you’re transparent.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="21. It’s easy to push aside healthy coping skills as “not working,” but sometimes they are working and you just don’t realize it.” data-reactid=”68″>21. It’s easy to push aside healthy coping skills as “not working,” but sometimes they are working and you just don’t realize it.

Sometimes healthy coping skills are why things don’t get any worse than they already are, even if they don’t improve your mood.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="22. Find a higher power.” data-reactid=”70″>22. Find a higher power.

Now, hear me out before you roll your eyes. I used to think the higher power thing was the biggest sham, too, but when I realized I control nothing and started to put my faith in the universe, it took such a huge burden off of me. Now when things suck, I try to find the lesson from the universe and remember if I handle it well, goodness is going to come back to me. Karma always does its thing (meaning revenge is also unnecessary!).

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="23. Stop stressing over the things you can’t control, and focus more on the things you can. ” data-reactid=”72″>23. Stop stressing over the things you can’t control, and focus more on the things you can.

For example, you can’t control your emotions, but you can control how you react. Feeling uncomfortable feelings does not mean you have to act accordingly.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="24. If you can’t find the beauty in the world around you, be the beauty in the world around you.” data-reactid=”74″>24. If you can’t find the beauty in the world around you, be the beauty in the world around you.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="25. Discover who you are when others aren’t looking, then put that on display for the world to see.” data-reactid=”75″>25. Discover who you are when others aren’t looking, then put that on display for the world to see.

Nothing is more awe-striking than someone who is unapologetically themself.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="26. Realize drawing boundaries does not make you a bad person. ” data-reactid=”77″>26. Realize drawing boundaries does not make you a bad person.

Realizing, “I can’t be around this negativity,” and distancing yourself from it does not make you terrible. It makes you healthy.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="27. Believe that self-growth is the most beautiful thing in the world.” data-reactid=”79″>27. Believe that self-growth is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Focusing on bettering yourself will help you heal immensely, and simultaneously transform you into a person you adore. Figure out how you can improve yourself and run with it. Improving yourself is the most breathtaking thing.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="28. When you’re going through hard times, remember that hard times are when you grow the most.” data-reactid=”81″>28. When you’re going through hard times, remember that hard times are when you grow the most.

No one’s character was built by being happy all of the time. Overcoming obstacles is when you grow the most — and as I said, self-growth is the most beautiful, beautiful thing.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="29. You can love yourself while simultaneously trying to improve yourself.” data-reactid=”83″>29. You can love yourself while simultaneously trying to improve yourself.

Love yourself for doing your best today. As long as you’re trying your best, you’re doing everything right.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="30. Don’t compare where you’re at in recovery to where others are.” data-reactid=”85″>30. Don’t compare where you’re at in recovery to where others are.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It took years for me to learn all of these things. I entered treatment when I was 17 and didn’t become stable until 21. It can take time! Be patient with yourself. You’ll get there. I promise.” data-reactid=”86″>It took years for me to learn all of these things. I entered treatment when I was 17 and didn’t become stable until 21. It can take time! Be patient with yourself. You’ll get there. I promise.

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