Here you'll find tools to help you take the first steps toward wellness. If you choose to see a doctor, these tools can also help you prepare for your visits.
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- Behavioral Health Associations
Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA)
This nonprofit organization aims to promote the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them.
Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
This nonprofit organization provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their families.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
This national organization is dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families through advocacy, research, support and education.
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- Get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
- Try to exercise for at least 20 minutes each day.
- Eat three healthy meals each day. Avoid snacks with a lot of sugar. Keep healthy snacks like fruit, pretzels and carrots handy.
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine, nasal decongestants or diet pills. Avoiding stimulants will help you sleep better and actually give you more energy.
- Limit alcoholic beverages and other narcotics or sedatives.
- Find ways to manage your stress. Try different methods until you find something that works for you.
- Take all your medications as prescribed. Always check with your physician before changing or stopping your medications — even if you are feeling better.
- Avoid all forms of recreational drugs.
- Spend time with the people you enjoy being around. Make time to relax.
- Keep all appointments with your health care providers.
- Talk about your feelings. It helps you stay in good mental health.
- Laugh often. Laughter reduces stress hormone levels.
- Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings. Putting your thoughts on paper can help you think clearly.
- Get daily sunlight. Sunlight is a natural mood lifter.
- Drink plenty of water. Try to get at least eight (8-ounce) glasses each day.