If you have a job and receive Social Security benefits, you will need to manage money properly so you can stay financially afloat. Attend a few money management seminars during the year and have a loved one take notes if you struggle with note taking. Open a checking account and write down your current balance while deducting amounts you spent from that balance during the week. If you do not earn a large income, do not apply for a credit card since it will be hard to pay down.
Physical Health Tips
Visit your doctor every few weeks for a physical checkup to see how your physical health is doing. If you experience unusual symptoms you should mention this to the doctor so he can give further examination to the problem. When you go grocery shopping, avoid processed foods, soft drinks, sugary foods and foods that are high in sodium. Buy mostly fruits, vegetables, dairy products and whole grains since these foods contain vitamins that improve brain function. Exercise daily and drink plenty of water.
Join a support group and exchange numbers with fellow members so you can build new friendships. Read articles and books about the best ways schizophrenics can build and maintain relationships and if you are dating as a schizophrenia, explain the condition to your partner. If you are a parent, explain your condition to them so they will have an idea of what to expect when your symptoms show up. When talking to people, speak with confidence and always treat people with respect.
Purchase a few good books in various categories so you can read them as a way of relieving stress during the day. If you are a Christian, set aside time for prayer for the strength to deal with pressures concerning the management of your condition. Call friends and relatives to ask how they are doing and to discuss your life. Write a journal of the events of your life and your reactions to problems that occurred.
Dealing With Others’ Ignorance
Never resort to violent actions whenever a person mocks you unless that person is physically harming you and you need to defend yourself. Try to educate loved ones about schizophrenia and how not all schizophrenics fit the stereotype of a frequently unstable person as they are portrayed in the movies and TV dramas. Discuss your struggles to manage your symptoms and ask that they respect you as a person despite their opinions about mental illness.
Developing important life skills is important for those with schizophrenia because it helps them live independently and it helps them get along with others. As you develop life skills, you will build confidence and others will see this change in your life. Be sure to get plenty of rest and reach out to help other schizophrenics who may have been rejected by loved ones and society in general.