7 Ways to Overcome Your Mental Health Roadblocks

Christina Bruni | April 11, 2012

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Here are some suggestions about how to play the cards you’re dealt and win at the game of life.

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Tell yourself you have what it takes to succeed

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Even if you don’t believe this. It can be as simple as saying out loud “I can do this” three times before you walk out the door in the morning. Repeat this mantra throughout the day.

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Network with successful people

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Wherever you go, you’re bound to find someone - at church, work, a clubhouse, wherever - who you admire and want to get to know. Volunteer for a committee that person is on, offer to buy him coffee, feel out whether he’d be receptive to mentoring you. If you share a genuine enthusiasm for a mutual interest, that person will respond favorably.

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Read biographies and memoirs of famous people to see how they got to where they are now.

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A good schizophrenia book is Elyn Saks’The Center Cannot Hold. A classic is Lori Schiller’s The Quiet Room, which was originally published in 1993.

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"Try every key on the chain until you find the one that unlocks the door"

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Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is futile. If a road you traveled down numerous times always leads to a dead-end, back up and brainstorm non-traditional opportunities to achieve what you set out to.

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Nourish these qualities in yourself: patience, resourcefulness and an open mind.

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I’m convinced there’s a job, lover or friend out there for us, or whatever we desire, if we approach the search with these talents.

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Face the emotional pain head-on

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Be honest with yourself about what’s going on. The hardship is here to teach you something. Trust what your gut’s telling you about what you need to do. Use your pain to make things better for yourself and others.

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Remember the Martin Luther King quote: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

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Remember the Martin Luther King quote: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.