HI Becky,

So glad you checked in. This is a really good question about an issue that so many people deal with, including my own clients.

That was interesting advice you received from the local crisis center. I have heard that coloring can be therapeutic in its own way, and something you can do on your own. But, as you said, not for everybody.

First, I am wondering if you are receiving any kind of treatment. Just in case you aren't, I will start there. For someone living the conditions you have been diagnosed with, therapy can help a lot. Again, if you aren't seeing a therapist, that could help a lot. Just someone who can sit down with you, talk about what's going on in your life, give you some perspective, and talk about what you could do to feel better. I hope you are working with a mental health professional.

But beyond that, there are some things you might also consider to help you cope day to day.

I think it's really important to stay involved in your day-to-day life, whether you are feeling it or not. Get up and around each morning, go to work if you have a job, or get moving around the house if you are home. The day-to-day routine of life can be therapeutic in it's own way, participating in life can be affirming, give you a sense of mastery.

Doing things that give you pleasure can help a lot. Getting out for a walk, doing some kind of activity or exercise, having a craft or hobby you enjoy. Even if, at the moment, none of these things give you any pleasure, I encourage you to do healthy things for yourself anyway. Take action, let the feelings catch up.

I also encourage you to get support. I hope you have friends or family members you can just spend time with. If they can listen to how you're feeling, without judging you or trying to tell you what to do, that's even better. If they can't be good listeners, just being around people who are kind, caring, upbeat, can help you to feel supported. You might also look into a support group, www.nami.org has a list of support groups nationwide.

You might also look into other ways to connect with people. Volunteering is a great way to give back, and to meet like-minded people.

Eat healthy, be careful about junk food, alcohol. And try to get plenty of rest.

Taking good care of yourself is extra important when you are living with mental illness.

I hope you will stay in touch. I would like to know how you are doing.

You are not alone, my friend!


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