Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

When you face a stressful event or major life change, take steps to care for your emotional well-being. Talking about your feelings and asking for help is important to aid your recovery from adjustment disorder.

Do what works for you. For example:

  • Talk things over with caring family and friends
  • Try to keep eating a healthy diet
  • Stick to a regular sleep routine
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Engage in a hobby you enjoy
  • Find a support group geared toward your situation
  • Find support from a faith community

If it's your child who's having difficulty adjusting, try gently encouraging him or her to talk about feelings. Many parents assume that talking about a difficult change, such as divorce, will make a child feel worse. But your child needs the opportunity to express feelings of grief and to hear your reassurance that you'll remain a constant source of love and support. Take these steps to help:

  • Offer support and understanding
  • Reassure your child that such reactions are common
  • Ask your child's teacher to check on progress or problems at school
  • Let your child make simple decisions, such as what to eat for dinner or which movie to watch

If you use these kinds of self-care steps but they don't seem to be helping, talk with your doctor for advice.

April 02, 2014