In the mental health community psychiatrists, counselors, and facilitators of group therapy regularly speak about coping skills. Why? Not only because we need them to go through the day, but also to help us function better in society. I've come up with 4 necessary coping skills that are required for anyone dealing with mental health problems. They've been helpful for me and I know they have been helpful for many others, too. They are here: 1. Have A Support Network Family members and close friends are ideal, but I'm sure that's not readily available for every. If that is the case, then you should consult your doctor as a source of support. I know I'm aware. The only medication they can give is meds these times, but they might be able to point you to resources available that you were not aware of before. Maybe there are local support groups specifically designed to help you with your mind? However, if they aren't there, you can always go to the nearest mental health clinic and search for services. The majority of these clinics will take most types of insurance, even medi-caid. Visit:- https://healthandwellnesscircle.com/ But what if it's a long way away and you're unable to reach it? You could consider making your own. You'll need to form an enclave of people with similar interests, who can support one another. And if you can find a volunteer facilitator, great! But it's not essential. Sometimes the best therapy can be the company of people are there to "get you" and care about your well-being. One of the best things with support group is that you can make group trips, pot- lucks, or dinners while you talk. I am currently in an organization that is supported by an organization known as Mental Health America. The focus is on helping mental health clients back into jobs that they are able to handle and hopefully, enjoy. Without this organization, this site is not possible for me. Take a look at Mental Health America if they're located in your area. Health clinics can usually assist you. 2. Find A Way To Exercise! I know, I know. Many of you might not be capable of getting out of the bed by 3 pm, or even have the motivation to get in a workout... I get it. I used to be there too. Here's the thing though. Forget about traditional ways to exercise; the exercise, running, weight training etc... Are you thought about just walking? It doesn't have to be a brisk stroll like the gurus advise us. All you have to do is stroll! Walk about the entire block. Go around town, and then grab some lunch when you wake up, if it's your preference. It doesn't require you to be a fitness guru for getting those happy chemicals flowing. That's exactly what we should focus on first instead of losing weight. Consider, for instance, that these feelings last only 30 minutes. The effort is worth it. Why? Since the more time you engage in it the longer the effects of endorphins as well as other neurochemicals feel throughout the body. I walk three days a each week and once I'm done, I take an hour of meditation. It's for me the ideal way to kick off my day. This leads me to the third coping ability. 3. Mindfulness The man who was called The Buddha believed that the source of all suffering was in our desire to escape the present and our direct experiencing of it. Do you think this is true? A study was conducted recently that focused on mindfulness meditation. It is believed to be the first study of it's kind that shows rapid changes in gene expression in subjects associated with mindfulness meditation. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton gene activity is constantly changing. Through his studies, he has shown that a constant change in the perception of your mind can alter the function of your genes creating over 30,000 variations from each gene. Wild stuff, huh! What does that mean for us? For those suffering from mental illness, our current situation is subject to a lot of suffering most of the time. You might ask, " how can this help me as a coping skill?" Simple. Be present and aware of the present moment at any given moment is ideal but what I've discovered is that those suffering from mental health disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, also known as generalized anxiety disorder, etc... can only manage the pain for so long until we need to get out of the present. I'm able to escape during bad days when symptoms begin to flare. I feel it for a short time until I've calmed down bit then I continue with my activities. Then, I put aside the present moment sleep and get to sleep. Escape is necessary for us I've come up with the conclusion. The time we spend in our own head is not good for anyone. When you feel something is coming on, try to feel it. It's all there. Breathe. Then let it go. If releasing is impossible take a break and rest. Don't fight yourself any longer. Be your most trusted friend..., even with the mental disorder. It's the only way that you will feel at peace in the moment just like the Buddha is able to describe in his teachings. 4. Develop More Hobbies Than Goals What is this? Well, a goal has an end point. Once you've accomplished it, it's over. No, I'm not against goals. They can be useful for some but I'm certainly not one of them. have tried all the methods of setting goals out there, but they don't work for me. Take my dad for an example. He's goal-oriented. He had a goal to build a genuine two-seated helicopter. Took him over 5 years, but he managed it. He has a fully operational flying machine in the parents backyard. The negatives of goals are that once you're finished, you're off looking at the next goal and the next and the next. My father is becoming anxious since his goal is over and he's not sure of which direction to take next! So, try something different in a way. Find hobbies that are never going to ending. I'm talking about those hobbies which will only make you more and better as you age and time. Explore the possibilities. It's funny the way it goes. It is possible to start doing one thing only to see it develop into something completely different, but it's still right for you.