Tools for recovery
Tools for recovery
Denial of your problems or of parts of yourself can be damaging, so acceptance may come first on your road to recovery.
You do not have to feel boxed in or labelled by diagnoses or by what others think of you. You have the right to re-define and re-name your problems for yourself in your own language. This can often help in reclaiming your identity.
There are many different strategies and techniques that people find helpful; it is important to remember that it is unlikely that one technique will fit all. Find out what works for you. Do not to be discouraged by early disappointments.
4. Peer support
Finding support from others who have similar experiences or diagnoses can be very valuable. Find out if there are any local support or self-help groups in your area.
Many people have found it helpful to have a professional to talk to about their mental distress. It’s good to try some form of talking treatment, such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Consider and value your own spiritual needs whether that for you is through religion, meditation or creativity – or something different. These can help you gain self awareness and peace of mind.
Whether you consider yourself to be ‘in recovery’ or recovered, we encourage you to keep using the techniques of self-management which work for you. Being aware of how you are feeling and the things that may have a negative effect on you can help you anticipate and tackle potential problems. Good mental health can never be taken for granted.
These pages are extracts from 'Recovery Insights' a compilation of accounts by people with lived experience of mental illness
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