The good news is that you can recover from a mental illness!
Just as with any other medical illness, one of the main keys to recovery is living a healthy lifestyle and taking good care of yourself. Below is a list of things you can do to help yourself on your road to recovery.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Find a doctor/therapist who cares for and respects you and who emphasizes achieving full recovery, not merely eliminating symptoms. If you do not feel like your healthcare provider is providing compassionate care, find a new healthcare provider.
Surround yourself with compassionate, caring people who offer support and help you reach your recovery goals.
Don’t make light of any accomplishments you make. Any steps towards recovery are significant and positive.
Get rid of negativity in your life. Negative self-talk sabotages your self-esteem and sidetracks your recovery.
Set reasonable standards for yourself, not unreasonable expectations that have been imposed on you by others.
Admit that you don’t have all the answers and that you cannot solve all your problems by yourself.
Be aware of triggers and do all you can to avoid situations that worsen your symptoms.
Don’t forget that there is a huge difference between a setback and a failure. We all have setbacks. Push forward and don’t give up!
Communicate regularly with your healthcare provider. If your symptoms are worsening or not getting any better get an appointment right away with your provider.
Talk to your provider about any side effects or problems that you are having with your medication. Be persistent and don’t give up until you find a medication that works for you. What may work for one person, may not work for you. The key is to keep trying until you find what works for you.
Steer clear of people that will try and steer you in the wrong direction or stall your recovery.
MOST IMPORTANTLY remember that you are valuable and that you matter.