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Building a Routine for Well-Being

Coping with stress from daily life can be hard for anyone. With all of the economic turmoil and job losses there are plenty of people that are having to cope with a change in their daily lives. For those who are dealing with mental illnesses, there are also strong and unique challenges to handle day-to-day life. You may be able to handle changes better if you create and follow a daily routine. As you work through your daily routine you may be able to pinpoint the times of day that might be most challenging. When you know what to expect, you can prepare to handle it better. Filling your day with activities will help you keep things from worrying you as much as they might if you were just sitting around doing nothing.

When planning a routine, start with ways you can help yourself feel better. Your own treatment plan might include remembering to take your medicine and keeping a calendar to track when you take your medicines each day. Talk with a healthcare provider if you are bothered by side effects from the medications. Eat food with the medicines if the medication gives you symptoms that make you feel worse.

Get restful sleep. Try doing some relaxation exercises before you go to bed. Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate, and other foods with caffeine near the end of the day. If you think that your medicine is having an effect on your sleep, talk with your doctor.

Choose three healthy meals at regular times each day. Or eat several smaller healthy meals regularly throughout the day. Eat more nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains. Eat less junk food, such as chips, candy, and sugary soda.

Be active physically but be certain to check with your health care provider before starting any exercise program. Choose physical activities that are fun for you so you don't get bored. Aim for a goal of 30 minutes or more of exercise three days a week.

Doing something that you enjoy every day can give you energy and help you feel good about yourself. It doesn't matter what the activity is as long as it is productive and enjoyable.

All of these suggestions can help you create a better routine for a healthier life. Stress is abundant right now for everyone in some form or another and you need to do everything that you can do for yourself to cope with the stress.


Contact Us

Mental Health America of Jackson County
P.O. Box 51
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: (812) 522-3480
Fax: (812) 524-8176
E-mail: mhajc@cabjackson.org