Updated: Sep 28, 2019
If you're tired of the side-effects of the psychiatric drugs you or a family member are on or worried about their potential future side-effects, it's never too late to research alternative forms of therapy. If an alternative therapy can allow you to reduce those drugs, or eventually cut them out altogether, then it may be something you want to try sooner rather than later.
Before we talk about alternative therapies, however, there are a few day-to-day things that you can alter in your life that can help a great deal with the psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues you or a family member may be having. First, food is an important thing to think about. The ingredients in your food can have a profound effect on how you feel. We all know how tedious it is to read the almost microscopic list of ingredients on food labels. But once you do it, it's done, and you will have a better idea of which foods to buy and which to avoid. First, know which foods contain a lot of sugar. Sugar affects the highs and lows of how you feel and tends to amplify them. Avoid sugar as much as you can. Also, avoid artificial ingredients since they often trigger reactions in your body. Research on these chemicals is scanty, but it is clear that they can have a huge impact, both immediate and long-term on your health, including mental health. The best way to avoid all these issues is to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, rather than processed foods.
Another day-to-day thing that you can alter that will influence how you and your family members feel is to make sure exercise is a part of your routine. Walk, run, bike, dance, play sports, whatever you like, but be sure to do something physical as many times per week as you can. Exercise get all of your body parts working hard and makes them function as they are supposed to, pumping loads of positive hormones throughout your body, getting your heart and lungs working hard, and pumping your blood to every part of you, invigorating muscles and tendons. In affecting how you feel, there is no more important thing you can do than movement. It's what we're built for!
So, once we are eating healthy and getting exercise, another important thing is to reduce stress. If you are doing a job you hate, one that stresses you out, it may be time to get a different job, or figure out a way to make the job less stressful. If you have a lot of stress with your partner or other family members, try to figure out a way to make those relationships less stressful. Stress is a killer, and it should be a priority to find ways of reducing it. Try to focus on doing things that make you feel happy and fulfilled. What are the things you love to do? Do them, do them, do them. Form your life around the things you love, not the things you hate. Paint, draw, garden, dance, play with your kids, write stories or poems, walk your dog. Whatever it is that makes you feel inner peace and happiness, that's what you want to do.