KICK YOUR BLUES TO THE CURB WITH THESE 5 STEPS YOUR MENTAL WELLNESS MATTERS
- Stick to your treatment plan. Don’t skip psychotherapy sessions. Even if you’re
- feeling well, continue to take medication as prescribed.
- Learn about S.A.D. Empower yourself by learning about your condition.
- Pay attention to the warning signs. Find out what triggers your S.A.D. Make a plan so that you know what to do if your symptoms get worse. Contact your doctor, therapist or health advocate if you notice any changes. Ask friends or family to watch out for warning signs.
- Get exercise. Physical activity may help reduce the symptoms of S.A.D. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, gardening, or any other physical activity.
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drugs. It may seem like they lessen your problems, but in the long run, they generally worsen symptoms and make S.A.D. harder to treat.
- Get adequate sleep. This is especially important. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor about what you can do.
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