What To Avoid
Suicidal thoughts can be overwhelming. It is important to reach out for help and avoid tackling getting help on your own. Because depression is often associated with suicidal thoughts you may not see all alternative options to you other than suicide. Reaching out to someone for help can assist you in coming up with other plans to solve the problems you are facing and avoid a suicide attempt or completion.
Other things to avoid when experiencing suicidal thoughts include:
- Isolating yourself. Social interaction may be difficult but talking often helps. Start small and try talking to one or two people you trust.
- Concentrating on the negative aspects of your life. While there may be some problems in your life, dwelling on the negative often makes them seem bigger and prohibits seeing solutions. Talking to someone, and developing a plan to tackle the problems little by little can often be helpful.
- Having no structure in your daily activities. A normal routine is often helpful in assisting you in feeling better and accomplishing daily tasks and goals.
- If you have seen a doctor or mental health professional do not alter your medications without speaking to them about your wishes.
- Getting too much sleep or not enough sleep. Good sleep hygiene is essential to good mental health and a reduction in suicidal thoughts.