1. Don’t push too hard. Set reasonable expectations for yourself and others.
  2. Avoid becoming isolated and make an effort to participate in “normal” activities like going to the movies.
  3. Help stabilize your mood by eating healthy, unprocessed foods.
  4. Exercise daily to reduce stress.
  5. Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Mental health issues are often preceded by lack of sleep.
  6. Practice deep breathing and meditation to promote relaxation.
  7. Reach out to us. Talking to a professional who understands your condition can change your whole life.

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1-800-273-8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.