Life With Mental Illness, can be be a struggle for many, but the struggle doesn't need to be handled alone. Life coaching offers many programs and other methods to help alleviate some symptoms of mental illness.  Life coaching is in no way to be seen as a treatment plan or a way to diagnose disorders or other forms of mental illness but should be used as a supplement. 

 
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Take care of your body: Taking care of yourself can improve your mental health.

1. Eating Healthy

2. Avoid smoking and vaping 

3. Exercise 

4. Drink plenty of water

5. 8 hours of sleep

6. Avoid drug use 

7. Avoid excessive alcohol use

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Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.

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Learn how to deal with stress: do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

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Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club,class or support group.

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Give yourself: Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it's a great way to meet new people

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Quiet your mind: Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm.

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Set realistic goals: Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don't over-schedule. You'll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

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Break up the monotony: Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.  

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Get help when you need it: Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.