HelpPRO brings you the final in our Jan/Feb series of practical tips and suggestions from Cheryl Johnson, certified WRAP and NAMI instructor, to help people with mental health issues and all of us, cope with and rise above challenges. Cheryl suggests lifestyle choices we control.
Stress is one of the primary 'triggers' for people who deal with mental health issues. If our lives were stress free we may not have the preponderance of mental health challenges we face. Understanding and managing stress is key to managing mental health issues.
The Mayo Clinic has a great tool to help you understand and learn more about your stress triggers. Normal, everyday stress may help motivate us to find a good job, support our families, eat healthy, and exercise. However, everyday stress often builds up and turns into chronic stress which feeds mental health symptoms. Make a list of the top 10 issues you face right now.
Circle the issues above that are external exasperations. Check those issues that are within your control.
Are any of your top 10 issues internal irritations? Please list them below.
The good news is we have the ability to control our thoughts when we manage our mental health issues by caring for ourselves both physically and emotionally and taking medication (where appropriate). The bad news is our fears, attitudes and expectations have been our companions for a long time and it is not easy to change.
Here are some simple stress relievers to help you manage stress more effectively.
Spending time with friends and loved ones
Learn more about stress relievers here and relax your way to positive mental and emotional health!
Cheryl Johnson is a certified NAMI and WRAP instructor and regularly teaches courses that provide families and individuals who face mental health challenges information to help them lead full and satisfying lives. To get more information on Cheryl’s work or programs you can be in touch with Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.