I want to start off by saying recovery is possible. It may seem like a far fetched idea at first, but honestly it can happen if you put in the work. Recovery is not an easy journey. It is gruelling work and it is going to take a lot of effort to get better.
What is recovery? Recovery from mental disorders is a process of change that an individual undergoes through:
- improving their health and wellness
- striving to achieve their full potential
- living a self directed life
Recovery is a lengthy process, it takes time. It does not happen overnight. You are going to have bad days but not all of those days will be bad. You will go through a trial of ups and downs. There will be moments where you feel like you have messed up. There will be other moments where you feel like you’re doing well. And that is okay. We are all allowed to feel these emotions. It is how we get back up again from our downfalls that make us all great and unique individuals.
To have an overall better recovery, we need to consider these factors:
- To have a stable and safe home to live in. It is important to have an environment where you know you can succeed in and be truly happy in. if not, change it. Your recovery journey will be off to a rocky start otherwise.
- Make healthy and informed decisions about your mental, emotional, physical health & wellbeing. Take part in wellness activities that you enjoy and are able to do. Do it with friends, everything is better with friends. The more, the merrier.
- Have a purpose. Participate in activities that is positive for your mental health and good for your physical health. Indulge in hobbies you enjoy and join clubs that will enable you to make new friends and meet new people.
- Be a part of your community. Volunteer for a community run program or get involved in workshops at your local youth centre.
If you are really struggling with your recovery, make a plan.
- Write down weekly/monthly small achievable goals and targets that you are able to reach. Tick them off as you go.
- Write down what your triggers are, it is important to know these and include them in your plan. So you know to avoid such places or people who trigger you.
- Include daily activities that are a part of your short and long term goals.
- And lastly make sure you track any changes in your mental health issues.
I hope this post was helpful. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments below.
Thank you for reading. ❤ 🙂