Remember that it is completely okay to reach out for help when you come across with suicidal feelings or thoughts. If you are having suicidal feeling, or you know someone who is having such kind of thoughts, you can immediately contact Patan hospital, which has been operating a 24-hour crisis helpline for suicidal individuals.
It is extremely difficult to tackle depression and suicidal thoughts, but there are still coping strategies that you can implement in your daily life.
1. Reach Out To Professionals
If you are a depression patient or feel like your depression is severe, reach out to professional help. Different types of treatments work for different types of people. Your counselor will know what might help you the most.
2. Call a Suicide Hotline
There are many suicide hotlines and chat rooms that are available for free. Those platforms can connect you with counselors and doctors who can talk about your feelings and help you cope with suicidal thoughts.
3. Reconnect with Happy Memories
It may not be as good or fulfilling as before, but returning yo activities or hobbies that used to cherish you can still be beneficial. It serves as a comforting and familiar reminder that you have the potential to be happy.
4. Seek Human Contact
Go out for a walk, shopping, meet friends or do something that doesn’t isolate yourself. It will distract you from your thoughts and puts you in a situation where your feelings won’t overpower you.
5. Reach Out to Someone You Trust
It can be a big help just having someone you can express your feelings. Don’t be afraid to text your friend, call your relative, or therapist. Don’t be afraid to reach out.
6. Recognize Your Warning Signs
Warning signs give us a hint that a person may engage in suicidal thoughts or actions soon. Some warning signs may include increased substance use, feeling hopeless, anxious, guilt or shame, lack of purpose, and no reason for living.
7. Build Up Inner Resources
Inner resources indicates personal skills, techniques that we use to express ourselves. It can help protect us from suicidal thoughts, feelings and actions. Inner resources can help you increase resilience, motivate you, decrease suicidal behavior etc.
8. Manage Your Risks
Suicide is an impulsive act. Secure dangerous items to prevent a fleeting suicidal impulse from turning tragic. Remove firearms, ammunition, medications and household poisons away from your access.
9. Believe That Thoughts are Temporary
When you are feeling hopeless, it can overwhelm you with suicidal thoughs and feelings. You need to realize you had better thoughts, and you will have better thoughts in the future. This thought is just temporary and will pass soon. Also think about how ending your life might affect your loved ones.
The aforementioned are some of the coping ideas but there are more. Also, suicidal thoughts are serious matters so you should take expert consultation. We, at Consult My Life, is an exclusive platform where you can talk about your mental health issues anonymously. We will find you the right counselor who is capable to help you overcome your mental problems.Learn More
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What we are facing is unprecedented, a whole nation locked down to combat the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Our staying home not only sends a message of solidarity in the global effort of fighting with this invisible enemy but also provides us a unique opportunity to reset our life button. Think it through and evaluate what went right and what could have been better to achieve our life goals.
It is difficult to imagine a lockdown of over one week with possible extension without a compact plan. We can turn this into a boon for those living within a busy and overwhelming schedule hindering their personal lives.
Here are certain things to catch up while living in isolation.
Take a break from constant news consumption
The constant pointless breaking news will bring nothing but fear. Staying home in isolation is the best you can do for everyone right now and that’s what you have been doing. Constant breaking news of sad incidents might break your enthusiasm. Binge-watching news or stats “WorldoMeter” to be precise won’t do any good either. If you can curve the temptation of social media, you will find adequate amounts of time to do something productive. So, minimize your news and social media time in your daily routine as much as you can.
Start learning that special skill you always wanted to but never could
Take out a rusty guitar that you once bought with enthusiasm, that book on how to speak French fluently lost in the shelves, video or photo editing skills that you wished to master may be. We all have wanted to learn something but have struggled for time to polish that passion. Investing in your passion means investing in your happiness. Go for it, this is a perfect time. If not now then when?
We all need this now more than ever. Less physical activities at times when it really tests our immune system are certainly not helpful. You cannot go for our long jogging or stroll in the park but make the most out of small space by practicing many forms of exercises such as Yoga, Meditation, Deep Breathing Exercises, Deep Stretching Exercises, etc.
Reignite your forgotten Relationship
Isolation may have pulled us away from face to face communication but don’t forget you can still communicate via other mediums of communication, You are already familiar with social media platforms, messaging apps which you can use wisely to talk with friends in abroad or relatives you haven’t talked since a long time. It is time to bury small hatches if there are any with your friends and relatives and make sure that we emerge victorious by creating a bigger and better community after isolation.
Take mental health therapies online
While working from home or wondering how to get through this isolation or lockdown scenario without any panic attacks, it is always better to take advice from counselors online. Get help from various platforms providing proper online mental therapies.
It is never easy to break our habit and do something new but so it is to stay inside for one week and you are already doing it. Don’t underestimate your strength. You are way more powerful and determined than you know.