A physical injury can be seen, acknowledged and can even heal with time. However, a mental illness comes without warning, is difficult to accept and may even worsen over time. Living with a mental illness can be crippling and devastating but it is possible to be treated and recover from a mental illness. Easier said than done, the recovery process can be long and exhausting and is usually not the same for everyone.
Following are five tips to recover from mental illnesses.
- Set realistic goals: While treading the path to recovery, an individual should set goals that will help in gradual improvement. However, setting too high a goal can often be a trap. A realistic goal is specific, measurable, attainable and time-bound. Being able to set realistic goals in recovery is not about beating the mental disorder but about creating a strong, healthy and meaningful life. Realistic goals allow one to ground oneself in reality and might even help one stay stress-free for longer periods of time. While it can get tiring at times, goal-setting and working through one’s goals is something that needs to be worked on consciously. As the path to recovery might be full of obstacles, it is important to be flexible and be kind to oneself while setting out goals.
- Embrace the present: One often spends too much time thinking about past events, situations or potential future events. Considered as one of the most difficult tasks, embracing the present moment and paying attention to one’s senses can help one concentrate on the task at hand and feel less distracted. Focusing on the present moment can refrain one from overthinking, and reduce stress, impulsivity and reactivity that comes with any mental illness. Also called mindfulness, living in the moment can help one savor every moment of life as a true gift.
- Accept, do not be ashamed: Stigma considered the biggest hindrance to recovery from mental illnesses, often prevents people from seeking help. Identifying that there is a problem and seeking help for one’s mental illness is the first step toward recovery. People often tend to ignore early signs and symptoms due to ignorance or shame associated with one’s mental illness, without realizing that soon the signs can become severe enough to affect one’s daily life. This entire cycle can make the treatment more difficult.
- Reach out, seek support: It may appear tempting to seek isolation when suffering from a mental disorder but talking to a loved one about one’s illness can go a long way in helping one seek treatment and recovery. Sharing one’s setbacks and successes help one recognize, acknowledge and get better quickly. For those unable to share their feelings with a loved one or a friend can find a local support group or a therapist.
- Take care of yourself: Recovering from mental illness also involves taking care of one’s physical health and well-being. In addition to following one’s mental health treatment program, taking care of one’s physical health can help improve one’s mental health as well. Some of the ways one can take care of his or her physical health include eating a nutritious meal, limiting one’s caffeine intake, avoiding cigarettes, drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep and regular exercises. Often deferred to complete recovery, paying attention to self-care can speed up the recovery process.
Recovery is possible
At Sovereign Health, we understand that recovery from a mental health disorder requires scientific approach and professional care. Among the most sought-after rehabilitation center offering programs and services devoted to mental health conditions, Sovereign Health offers all its patients evidence-based therapy and interventions, comprising a holistic combination of medication, therapy or both.
In addition to offering treatment for mental health and/or addiction-related disorders, we offer recovery management program that helps stay fit and sober even after the successful completion of the treatment. For more information about our alumni and recovery management program and how you can benefit from it, call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-501-9425 or chat online with our representatives for further assistance.