DEVELOP A ROUTINE:
Creating a structured environment, planning tasks to complete and goals to accomplish can help with creating a sense of stability. Whether it’s sleep, cooking breakfast, or going for a nature walk, approaching one task can make life more manageable.
CONTROL IMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS:
Studies show CTE can damage parts of the brain that regulate impulsive behaviors. Be cognizant of unhealthy habits like gambling, overspending money, using alcohol, drugs, or other addictive substances to cope with problems. Avoid activities as needed or seek professional help.
Managing emotion, anxiety, and stress is an important and learned skill. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or counting to 10 to help ensure your emotions don’t get the best of you. Seek professional help to find the right techniques for you.
BUILD A SUPPORT SYSTEM:
Reaching out to people you trust can help get you through moments of stress. Friends, family, colleagues, a church community, a hobby or sports club, or a crisis hotline like the Lifeline can all serve as sources of support. If you are concerned about your safety in a moment of crisis, you can make a safety plan to guide you through those, especially difficult moments.