This World Aids Day, help a friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with HIV. Show them these coping mechanism tips that will surely prove that they can still live a normal life.
- Have a support system
- Communicating to your doctor and hanging out with your family members and friends will greatly help you release the anxiety and depression you are currently experiencing.
- Engage in fun activities
- Try to find activities that will relieve your stress. Do entertain the thought of exercising regularly or doing your favorite hobbies. No activity is too much for you as long as it helps you to deal and cope up with your condition.
- Get enough sleep
- Sleeping releases toxins out of one's body making them more relax. Try to get enough sleep each night to help you feel rested. It will help you to become physically, mentally, and emotionally prepare to face the challenges ahead you.
- Learn relaxation methods
- Meditation, yoga, and deep breathing may be helpful in dealing with the feelings you are experiencing. These relaxation methods can help you better express your feelings and find ways to cope with your emotions.
- Avoid alcohol, drugs, and caffeine
- Limit the amount of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and recreational drugs you use for these may deeper burden one's anxiety and depression.
- Eat healthy meals
- Eating healthy meals will not only provide you proper nutrients, but also it will help you to strengthen your body and mind that will definitely prepare you when you face problems with one's condition.
- Join a support group
- Support groups are created to increase one's support system. Since it is an organization of people who share a common condition, by discussing their experiences, sharing of ideas, they provide emotional support for one another. Members come together to feel more empowered and a sense of community.
Reference: HIV Insite. (2011, August 3.) Coping with HIV/AIDS: Mental Health. Retrieved from http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/insite?page=pb-daily-mental.