Can lifestyle changes help me with adjustment disorder?

Many veterans with adjustment disorder can benefit from lifestyle changes to mitigate their response to stress. Anything that improves your emotional well-being is worthwhile. Talking to supportive friends, fellow veterans, and family members will help you feel less alone. Taking care of your physical health, by eating right and getting regular sleep and exercise, will improve your emotional health in turn.

Participate in activities that you enjoy -- music, sports, gardening, dancing, and anything else that helps you release stress in a constructive way -- to boost your mood and brighten your outlook on life. Other alternative therapies you might try include herbal remedies, such as gotu kola, valerian, chamomile, hops, and any others that are reputed to have a mild calming effect. Old home remedies like having milk or cottage cheese before you go to bed may help you fall asleep easier, because milk products contain tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin. Serotonin is believed to promote restful sleep and a stable mood. Avoid caffeine after midday so that it won’t contribute to restlessness and insomnia. You might also try well-established relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.

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