Be kind to yourself. You are not your own worst enemy. The thoughts and feelings may be excruciating, but with the right support, you can get through it.
Take care of your health. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself. This includes sleeping well, exercising, eating well. all these factors can help improve your mood.
Do something that makes you happy. Recall a time that you were happy or felt good. What were you doing? It could be an uplifting song, a walk on the beach or even playing with your dog. Do something that makes you feel good to take your mind off of how you feel at that moment.
Develop a safety plan or have a safe space
Planning your recovery is integral at this point in your life. It requires self-reflection and learned strategies.
- What triggered the negative thoughts or suicidal attempt? Recognize the warning signs.
- Find a way to deal with those thoughts or emotions as they arise.
- Converse with people you are comfortable with, doing activities that you enjoy, to take your mind off of matters. The company you keep plays a big role in your life.
- Call the Embrace Lifeline if you are unsure of how to deal with this stage in your life: 1564
Seeking professional help
You may think you don’t need a professional’s advice or help, but it’s ok to double check. We have a list of professional psychologists, doctors and experts, with different specializations listed under the ‘Directory’ section. Schedule an appointment or ask our Embrace LifeLine team to recommend someone.
There is a whole community that understands what you are going through and is ready to help. All you need to do is ask.