Coping with any long-term condition, such as schizophrenia, can be challenging. But there are many things that you can do to help yourself. If you have schizophrenia yourself, here are some ideas that may help you to manage your symptoms.
- Keep in touch. Don’t isolate yourself from family and friends. They are there to help and support you
- Consider having counseling or psychotherapy (talking therapies), as these will give you the opportunity to talk things over and to find ways of managing your symptoms
- Art therapy may be helpful
- Join a local support group or day center so you have the opportunity to meet others facing similar challenges
- Learn to recognize changes in your symptoms
- Try to establish a regular routine
- Ensure you keep to your treatment plan (as agreed with your healthcare professional)
- Get help with day-to-day problems
- Don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns
And, as always, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid stress
- And don’t forget to relax!