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- Connect: Building strong and positive relationships with loved ones and friends can give you the support, guidance, and acceptance you need in good times and bad. Make other important connections by volunteering or participating in the community around you.
- Make every day meaningful: Do something that gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose every day. Set clear, achievable goals that help you look forward to the future with meaning. Think about how you have coped with difficulties in the past. You could even write about past experiences in a journal to help you identify positive and negative patterns of behaviour and guide your future behaviour.
- Hold onto hope: You cannot change the past, but you can always look to the future and view new challenges with less anxiety. A new day might bring new experiences and delights.
- Attend to your own needs and feelings: Everyone has a bad day sometimes. Do not force your feelings, instead try to take care and attend to them: Participate in activities and hobbies that you enjoy. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Sleep and create consistent bedtime rituals. Eat a healthy diet. Practice stress management and relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or prayer.
- Be proactive: Don’t ignore your problems. Instead, find out what needs to be done, make a plan and take action. Although it may take time to recover from a major setback, traumatic event or loss, know that your situation can improve if you work at it and actively tackle it.