Take some advice from Howie Mandel about coping with psychological disorders:
#1 Explore your meditative side
Mandel does this on seven-mile runs, which he says clears his mind. For others, this may mean listening to music or practicing yoga.
#2 Be willing to experiment
“If the first thing doesn’t work, there is another alternative, and if that doesn’t work there is another,” Mandel says. “Managing your symptoms is a lifelong commitment and you need to have open communication with your doctor to let them know how you’re feeling, what’s working and what’s not.”
#3 Seek out support
“No one can handle issues such as depression, anxiety or [phobias] on their own and it’s incredibly isolating,” Mandel says. “I see a therapist and recommend finding a therapist you feel comfortable with, or connecting with a support group where people can help you work through your issues and reinforce that you aren’t alone.”
#4 Be open about your mental health
Mandel also champions being open about mental health. “Your mental health is an organ. It is a sin that mental health is not part of our everyday curriculum,” he told Media Planet. “We should all, from day one, learn to tend to our mental health. You should be open, you should talk. If you can afford it, there should always be a counsellor in your life to give you coping skills.
#5 Don’t forget to laugh
“Laughter is a great bridge,” Mandel says. “It’s been my salvation and has helped me through some hard times and uncomfortable situations.”
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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