Dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or any other mental health issue generally taxes a person’s coping mechanisms. While there is no substitute for proper care—counselling and/or medication prescribed by a doctor—there are several self-care strategies you can use to make the days (and nights) a little easier.
No one strategy will work for everyone or in all situations. Explore until you find what works for you in particular circumstances…
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as many as 30-percent of adults don’t get enough sleep. And according to Harvard Health Publications, this number increases to as much as 80-percent in people with mental health issues. While a good night’s sleep is essential to everyone, people with mental health issues can especially benefit from getting proper rest.
Make appropriate lifestyle changes, such as avoiding caffeine and nicotine a few hours before bed, and follow sleep hygiene best practices, such as setting a regular bed time, to promote better sleep. But don’t think that only a deep sleep will help. While it’s true that REM sleep helps regulate emotion and is important in the long run, even closing your eyes and resting for as little as 10- or 15-minutes can help improve your mental state.