Self-management strategies for good lifestyle habits

Self-Management Strategie

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There are many things you can do to feel better when experiencing distress or having suicidal thoughts, including using self-management strategies. This involves incorporating actions and activities that make you feel better into your lifestyle habits. In the long term, these strategies can help improve your well-being and protect your mental health. If you’re looking to feel better in the short term, use coping strategies.

Our recommended self-management strategies are adapted from the Getting better my way tool. They were created by people who have gone through mental health struggles of their own.

To function on a day-to-day basis

There are a range of strategies that can help you function better on a day-to-day basis.

To deal with difficulties

When going through a rough patch, it can be helpful to take meaningful action to improve your situation.​

To take care of your physical condition

There are many ways to keep fit, and they also have mental health benefits.

To maintain positive relationships with others

Social relationships can help you lead a balanced life and can be good for your well-being. There are a range of things you can do to maintain positive relationships with family and friends.

To foster hope (to keep your spirits up and stay motivated)

Fostering hope can often make it easier to regain control and keep moving forward despite the challenges you may face. There are a number of actions that can help.

Using self-management strategies

In order to feel better on a day-to-day basis, you can plan and set aside time for actions and activities that make your feel better. To help you get there, you can use the tools offered in the My Tools section.

What else can I do if I’m having suicidal thoughts?

It is possible to regain control. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, take a look at these sections: