Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
When you face a stressful event or major life change, you can take some steps to care for your emotional well-being. Do what works for you. For example:
- Talk things over with caring family and friends.
- Try to keep eating a healthy diet.
- Stick to a regular sleep routine.
- Get regular physical activity.
- Engage in a hobby you enjoy.
- Find a support group geared toward your situation.
- Find support from a faith community.
If it's your child who's having difficulty adjusting, take these steps to help:
- Offer encouragement to talk about his or her feelings.
- Offer support and understanding.
- Reassure your child that such reactions are common.
- Ask your child's teacher to check on progress or problems at school.
- Let your child make simple decisions, such as what to eat for dinner or which movie to watch.
If you use these kinds of self-care steps but they don't seem to be helping, be sure to talk to your doctor.
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