6 Self Care Tips to Kick off the New Year

The holidays are over, and the new year is a great time to consider a fresh start in your approach to managing your mental illness. So here are some self care methods that may help ease your anxiety and depression when things are bad.

Advertisements

6 Things To Never Do When Dealing With Someone Who Is Mentally Ill

It is difficult to stand on the outside and try and properly deal with or help someone who is mentally ill, especially when they are having a crisis. Mental illness is a thing that cannot be described accurately, it can only truly be understood when it is experienced. So, for the sake of those who are struggling to be a proper support to their loved ones, I have compiled a list of things you should never say or do to your mentally ill friend.

“I Feel Depressed”

Sometimes when someone suffers through a tragedy and they are being consoled they will describe their feelings by saying, "I feel so depressed." Sometimes people will use the phrase in an even more casual manner, to describe how they feel when their favorite show gets cancelled or their friends ditch them for the night. To those of you who are well mentally, let me give you some kind advice when it comes to using this expression. Don't.

Madness Among The Black Friday Madness

This is what you must realize about people with mental illness. They are all around you, but you can rarely pick them out. It's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. On the outside we all look the same. But you might very well be standing in line next to someone who is on the verge of tears, or in the clutches of panic, or planning on going home and swallowing a bottle of pills.