Your recovery journey
Mental health difficulties are a normal part of life. People look for help and start their journey of recovery every day. Mental health recovery is a process of healing and transformation to help you achieve your potential and live a full life.
Your recovery from a mental health difficulty is unique. Be patient with yourself, and look for good information and support about mental health. The right support should help you keep in touch with your feelings and experiences and to identify your needs.
Because each person’s recovery is unique, what works for one person may not work as well for another. The best way to find out what works for you is to learn about all the treatments and therapies available and make an informed decision.
Some people may find it easier to work one on one with a counsellor or mental health worker while other people find it helpful to share their experience with others in groups and learn together about different approaches to recovery.
Recovery is an ongoing process. Don’t worry if you have ups and downs and setbacks. This is normal. Recovery takes a lot of work and bravery. Be encouraged. Coming to this website and reading this information brings you one step along your journey of recovery.
Shine’s holistic approach
A holistic approach means looking at how the mind, body, emotions and spirit are all connected. Each part contributes to our wellbeing and no one part can be dealt with in isolation. This is Shine’s approach to offering support.
Tips on looking after your mental health during recovery
Whatever type of therapy you decide on for your care plan, remember you are the expert on how you feel. To help your recovery, think about how you are coping day to day and how you can avoid problems.
To help you along the way, consider the following eight tips to help you mind your mental health during your recovery.
This structure can be flexible and doesn’t have to be fixed. Plan activities and give them set times to make you feel more positive and motivated. For example, go for a walk or cycle early in the morning, eat meals at regular times, speak to someone at the end of the day.
Try to do in at least one physical activity every day like going for a walk, a cycle or doing an active hobby like painting or gardening.
Don’t worry if you have setbacks. Some days will be easier than others. Try to keep active and do things you enjoy. You may have to push yourself to do things at first, but it will get easier in time.
You may feel guilty or ashamed of your experiences at times, but what has happened to you is not your fault. Letting go of shame can really help your recovery in the long term.
Find someone you can trust and who you feel safe and comfortable to share your problems. Talking helps when situations are difficult to cope with.
Share your experiences with other people and hear how they have coped in similar situations. Many people benefit from being involved in these groups by making new contacts, and sometimes new friends. Shine has groups for people with self experience of complex mental health difficulties and related mental health problems throughout the country.
The things you eat and drink have a clear effect on both our physical and mental wellbeing. Eating a healthy balanced diet can make you feel better. It is also important not to drink too much alcohol. Drinking alcohol may make you feel anxious or depressed and it also reacts badly with most medications. Go to www.drinkaware.ie to learn more about healthy drinking habits.
Don’t push yourself too hard. Take a break and relax at regular times during the day. Recovery is a gradual process. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Do things that make you feel good about yourself and who you are.