At BNBA we understand that medication and psychotherapy is not a quick fix solution to curing mental difficulties. Despite taking medication day by day, and going to therapy, a lot of patients still struggle. That is okay!

Here at BNBA, our employees are trained with the knowledge that emotional difficulties are common, and difficult to get over. Thus, outlined in this article are tips on how to cope with mental illness in your day-to-day life.

Notice, not all of these tips are going to work for everyone, but they have helped a lot of people in different ways. Try each tip once. Just to see how it feels, and adapt to it based on your lifestyle. At BNBA we understand that people are bio-individual. All people come in different shapes, sizes, and abilities. That’s what makes us all unique! We want you to embrace your differences, and make these activities a fun getaway from your everyday life.

Radical Acceptance

Let’s be honest. It’s hard to accept something that might not have always been there, or something you never wanted to be there. Think of a ten-year-old boy, that is so excited to go out to the beach and swim. Suddenly a thunderstorm with winds hitting 70 miles per hour hits right as he’s about to leave his house. Obviously, he can’t stop the thunderstorm, or ignore that it’s there. But what he can do is accept that it’s here, and adapt to its existence to keep himself dry, safe, and happy.

If you do not radically accept that you may have a mental illness, it will be so much harder to take care of yourself. This is not to say, let your mental illness consume you, but to accept it, as a condition that you are in now. This will help you function better and feel more whole. Suppressing what the mental illness is doing, or pretending it does not exist, will only drain your energy.

Deep Breathing

This is as generic as it gets. But it works! Follow the three steps outlined below when you’re feeling anxious and it is scientifically proven to calm your anxiety. All you have to do is…

  1. Breathe in for five seconds.
  2. Hold your breath for three seconds.
  3. Breathe out for seven seconds.

One pointer- this should feel a bit uncomfortable. Deep breathing really begs you to focus on the present, and the function of breathing. Something we often tend to disregard, especially when our body is in flight-or-fight mode.

The Five Senses

Speaking of feeling more present, this method has been used far and wide. Imagine, you are in your office at your 9 to 5 job and 2 pm rolls around, and you have a flashback of a traumatic moment. Internally, and now externally you are in a crisis state. What can you do to minimize this? Remind yourself that you are still present, by the Five Senses method. Touch, taste, smell, hear, and see. For example, touch the wooden desk in front of you, taste the apple in your bag, smell the cold brew on your desk, hear the birds chirping outside your window, and see the abstract painting on the wall.

Emotional Awareness

Here at BNBA, our utmost priority is first grasping the issue, and then moving forward in meaningful ways to make your quality of life better. We do this by targeting symptoms that the mental illness has sprung up.

Thus, the first step, is to feel what you’re feeling. If you’re anxious, accept it, and live with it for a few minutes before coping with methods such as meditating, deep breathing, and let’s be honest, watching an episode of your favorite show. It’s okay to feel negative emotions! It’s a part of life. Life is about balance. Neither the good, nor the bad should ever consume you.

You Are Not Alone

Every employee at BNBA wants to see you thrive. Take advantage of that knowledge. Ask your BNBA clinician for advice specific to you. Ask any staff at BNBA for more resources.

What tips do you have, that have helped you cope with your mental illness?

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