Positive Self-Management Strategies
Tips & Strategies on How to Provide Remote Services Shared by ODP & BSASP
Particularly for participants living independently, there may be a need for assistance in developing and maintaining self-management skills to create consistency and stability, especially during times when they may have previously been receiving paid support or out in their communities.
The following are some tips to developing self-management skills that can hopefully lead to increased regularity in daily routines and maintenance of positive mental health (adapted from the Psychiatric Times).
Self-Management Strategies for Increasing Regularity of Daily Routines:
- Get up at the same time every day: a regular wake time is the most important input for stabilizing your body clock.
- Make sure you spend some time outdoors every day, especially in the early morning; your body clock is regulated by the light.
- If you can’t go outside, try to spend at least 2 hours by a window, looking into the daylight focusing on being calm.
- Exercise every day, ideally at the same time each day.
- Seek out “back and forth” social interactions to share thoughts and feelings with another person in real time.
Avoid bright light (especially blue light) in the evening (e.g., computer screens, smartphones). Blue spectrum light suppresses the hormone that helps us sleep.