I have been on this mental health journey for over a year and a half.
I have for the last year and a half been consistently taking care of my mental health and mental illness. As I have said many times before, maintaining a mental illness is a lifestyle. Once I realized that this was a lifestyle, that is when things started to look up for me. This illness is a part of my life and maintaining it is a part of my lifestyle.
I have learned so much about myself and my illness on this journey.
I am still, learning new things everyday and I enjoy the discoveries that I make. I want to share my top five mental health care tips that I have compiled over the last year and a half. This is not everything that I have learned but I think this is a good list to use when navigating through the oh so tough journey to mental health recovery.
My Top five (5) Mental Health Care Tips:
Maintaining a Mental Illness is a Lifestyle - I have said it about a thousand times but this is so true. Maintaining a mental illness is a lifestyle change. There are changes that have to be made in order to maintain good mental health. Realizing this is a step in the right direction.
Find A Good Mental Health Care Team - Do you have a hairstylist, or barber that you trust your tresses with? Are you so committed to him or her that you wouldn’t let another lay hands on your hair? That is how I feel about having a good mental health care team. Your brain an important organ and having a team that specializes in caring for your brain is a must.
Eliminate Negative Influences in Your Life - This may seem like a no-brainer but I have to say it. All negative influences and relationships should be considered and evaluated. Mental Illness can be alot to deal with. The emotional changes that occur can take a toll. Having factors that are not conducive to maintaining a healthy mental lifestyle will make your journey much tougher.
Get Some Rest - Again this one may sound like it is obvious, but we can take our bodies for granted. Getting the proper amount of rest essential. That not only means going to bed at night for the recommended 8 hours of sleep, this also means to listen to our bodies when we feel tired or exhausted.
Do Things that Make You Happy - Do you have hobbies that you enjoy? Have you thought about it? If you have not, it is time to make a list of the things that you do. Do them, as often as possible.
I could go on for days talking about all of the lessons that I have learned but I am going to stop here. There is more where that came from. But, if I could offer one piece of advice to go along with this list it would be this: Mental Health Recovery is Possible.
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