There are many sources of support that can help you. But there are also things you can do yourself to feel better.
It’s important to look after yourself. If you’re finding it difficult to manage your feelings, it can help to take things one day at a time and not look too far ahead. You may find that life gets easier to cope with as time passes.
Doing even the smallest tasks may help you feel better:
- Try to eat well every day. (If you have eating problems or a poor appetite, talk to your doctor or nurse.)
- If you can, get up and dressed every day.
- If you feel unwell, get some extra rest and don’t delay seeing your doctor.
- Accept offers of help, or turn to other people for help.
- Keep to a regular sleeping pattern if you can.
- Try to exercise regularly – it can help you relax, boost your energy and help you sleep.
- Try to share your feelings.
- Try to keep your social life active by staying in contact with your family and friends.
- Recognise when you’re feeling run down and stressed.
- For example, you may have headaches, trouble sleeping, tummy problems, or colds that don’t go away. If you feel like this, see your doctor for advice.
- Try to find some time just for yourself every day when you can fully relax. But try not to sit still in one place for long periods of time. It can help to make your environment as comfortable as possible, perhaps with a comfy chair and plenty of light and fresh air. Listening to music or radio programmes may also help.
- If you can, try to make plans to do things you enjoy. You could book things a few weeks ahead, as this will give you something to look forward to.
- Some people find they lose motivation and begin to limit the amount of things they do. This can add to the feeling of being alone, so try to give yourself goals to achieve.