I know this is easier said than done, but try not to dwell on the bad stuff that happens. I had a bad day yesterday and it was hard--still is, but I am just trying to watch funny movies like "Juno" and listen to music I love.
1. Keep busy
2. If you have a pet, confide in them about your problems. Trust me, it helps and they listen without judgement.
3. Make sure that if you are on meds you are taking them the right way and on time.
4. Go for a walk.
5. Read a book that will get you away from it all.
6. Watch a really great movie that you love--particularly a funny one.
7. Funny TV shows work good too.
8. Remember what Lance Armstrong said, "I only have good days and great days." If you look at the bright side of things, it's not so bad and you don't have to call your 'bad' days 'bad days.' They can be 'okay' days or something that makes it more positive.
9. Get good sleep. That helps a lot to calm nerves and such.
10. Cut down on caffeine if you can because it can make you more tired, nervous and on edge. It's okay to have some caffeine, but too much can be bad sometimes.
11. Make sure that any meds you take don't interact with others you might take for say other sicknesess like allergies or colds.
12. Do the water squeeze. This is a think my mom taught her school class to do. You put your arms completely in front of you, squeeze your fists and tighten your body as much as you can and then after a little while, breathe out and release. It releases some stress you've been holding in and really works!
13. Do something with your hands. THis really helps me. If my hands are busy, at least I"m concentrating on something else and I am not just sitting idly by. I'm getting some of the tension out of my body.
14. I don't remember if I mentioned this, but make a shoebox for all your bad troubles. Decorate it with stuff you like and quotes or things you enjoy. Put a slit in the top and then write down anything good or bad that happens to you whenever you need to. Forget about the bad stuff instantly after you put it in there. Out of sight, out of mind. Then, at the end of the month, throw away all your good and bad times into the recycling or wastebasket. They are now forgotten and you can start anew for the next month. I have found this to be quite therapeutic given my other disorder coupled with my NVLD.
15. Remember that sometimes it sucks to have a disorder or even two or three disorders, but that you wouldn't have it if you were not capable of fighting it. Sometimes we fall, but we can always make it back up if we try.
16. Nobody is "normal." Everyone has unique challenges that give them trouble some of the time so don't let those bullies who say they are "normal" to get you down. They have problems too.
17. Remember that somebody always loves you (even if it is just yourself) and that you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.