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Have you ever had a mental health crisis that has totally rocked your world? For many people, when they’re experiencing mental health challenges, it can become difficult to maintain their normal responsibilities, such as going to work, doing schoolwork, or taking care of your home. One way to start influencing your emotions, is to focus on what you can control, your actions.  Here are a few tips that can help you.

Have Consistent Routines

First of all, it is important to have and stick to consistent routines. Even if you can’t maintain the busyness of the routines that you had before your mental health challenges, adjust your life to still have consistent routines that you can follow. Having a schedule that you can follow every day will help your body begin sending signals to your brain that can help shift emotions. If it is helpful, write out your daily schedule so you can prioritize the tasks that you need to complete each day along with your regular routines. This will also help you to achieve important responsibilities in your daily life while still allowing for rest and breaks to benefit your mental health.

Implement More Adaptive Habits

Next, it is important to implement more adaptive habits that will help to improve your mental health. It is important to eat regular meals throughout the day that are full of nutritious and healthy ingredients. It is also important to get enough sleep each night, and to participate in some form of exercise that you enjoy each day. Schedule these healthy habits into your week to make it part of your routine. For example, having specific mealtimes and exercise times throughout the week can help you to take good care of your body, which will help you to feel better mentally.  

Communicate Openly

Finally, it is very important that you learn to communicate openly about some of your struggles. This includes talking to those that are closest to you about the challenges that you’re experiencing. For example, if you live with a family member or roommate, you should explain to them what symptoms you’re experiencing. Tell them how they can help you when you’re having a particularly difficult day. For example, if buying groceries or cleaning your house becomes too overwhelming, they could help you with those responsibilities. If you find that you need to talk to a mental health professional, like a therapist or a counselor, to better understand your symptoms, don’t delay in starting that process.

So, if you’re wanting to start influencing change in your emotions, remember to have consistent routines, implement more adaptive habits, and communicate openly about your mental health challenges. These steps will help you to discover what routines help you with your specific symptoms. Remember, meeting with a mental health professional can provide even more important insight that will help you to find lasting progress.

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