Many of us will experience one at one point. A low point in our lives that feels lower than we have ever felt before. It can be exhausting and frightening, and when you’re in the worst part of it, it might feel like you have a real risk of not coming back. However, there are steps you can take to help you pull yourself out of your blackest days, and here are some of them.

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Talking to someone about it

A problem shared is a problem halved, as they say. There is a great deal of benefit in being able to share your experience with someone else, even if they’re not able to “solve” your problem for you. Consider your friends or family, but if you are concerned that your problems are beyond their ability to listen to or talk about, then you might want to look about making an appointment with a professional counselor, instead. Talking it out won’t solve everything, but it can help you feel a little less stuck inside your own head. With a professional, you may be able to learn some techniques to help, as well.

Practicing good mental health habits

Some of the techniques that you might be taught by any counselor or psychiatrist can include some of the mental health habits that have worked for many, many people in similar situations, before. For stress and anxiety, meditation is widely recommended for its ability to help you get out of your own head and focus more on your sensory experience at the moment, which can help you get some distance from thoughts that are stressing you out. Breathing exercises, yoga, and tai chi are all also highly recommended.

Addressing problematic behaviors

We all have coping mechanisms that we rely on to help us keep things in balance. However, while some coping mechanisms like exercise or meditation can be healthy, a lot of us make coping mechanisms out of potentially dangerous habits. If that’s the case, these habits can end up dragging us down further, to the point you might need to consider steps like inpatient rehab. Look at the habits you use to cope with, whether it’s relying on substances of any kind, self-harmful behavior, or otherwise dangerous choices, and think about what steps you can take to start relying on them less.

Taking a break

When it comes to stress and anxiety, the problem might be in our heads, but the causes can very much bed in the world around us. Taking a moment to stop and to treat yourself to some self-care could be more helpful than you might think. It could give you the chance to focus on yourself, re-energize and come back to the same problems causing you stress as before, but with a different perspective and a little less on your mind.

“Willing” yourself into better mental health is not a tip that works for most people, but the steps above can help you get things back on an even keel.