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Finding Balance: 5 Tips To Help Maintain Mental Well-being During the Recovery Journey

The journey to recovery is a courageous step towards reclaiming your mental well-being and finding balance in your life. While the road may be challenging at times, there are essential tips and practices that can support you during and after your recovery journey.

Mental Well-being

Tips for Maintaining Mental Well-being

1. Prioritise Self-Care

Self-care is the foundation of wellbeing. By prioritising your own needs and nurturing yourself, you can better cope with the challenges of recovery. Self-care can take many forms from incorporating minor activities from treating yourself to special meals or gifts to going on a luxury retreat to refresh and renew yourself. All these different activities can contribute to your self-care

  • Establish a structure:

Creating structure in your day can provide a sense of stability and purpose. Set aside time for activities that nourish your body, mind, and soul, such as mindful yoga on the weekends by yourself or with a few friends.

  • Engaging in Relaxation Techniques: 

Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, start your day with a deep breath in and reset yourself to take on your day. Take a deep breath every time you find yourself engaging in a new activity to reset yourself and bring in a sense of calm.

  • Nourishing Your Body with Healthy Food Habits

Fuelling your body with the right foods can have a huge impact on your body and mind. Keeping yourself hydrated and feeding your body the right carbs and proteins will keep you feeling energised throughout the day. Healthy exercise can help support mental wellness as well as physical health, in addition to a nutritious diet.

  • Escape to a Luxury Retreat in the Southwest

The ultimate form of self-care is to give yourself an escape and allow yourself time to refresh and renew your well-being. Six Seasons Recovery’s residential program is the ultimate escape providing you accommodation in-house complimentary amenities to elevate your comfort, a personal private chef and a supportive team wanting to help you on your journey through recovery and provide support after your retreat.

 

2. Seek Support

Recovery is not a journey you have to navigate alone. Seeking support from others can provide encouragement, guidance, and understanding.

Build a Support Network:

Surround yourself with friends, family members, and professionals who support your recovery journey. If you find it difficult to open up to close friends and relatives, then there are always other anonymous and supportive outlets such as Lifeline.

 

Communicating Your Needs to Others:

Don’t be afraid to express your needs and boundaries to those around you. Effective communication can strengthen relationships and foster mutual understanding.

 

Participating in Support Groups:

Joining support groups or therapy sessions can connect you with others who are going through similar experiences, offering empathy, validation, and encouragement.

3. Set SMART Goals

Setting goals can provide direction and motivation during the recovery process. However, it’s essential to set goals that are achievable and realistic. Here’s how to approach goal-setting:

 

Specific

Be specific with what you want to do so that you have a clear destination that you want to work towards. If you say I want to quit smoking, there is no real emphasis to help drive us. If you say I want to quit smoking so I can be healthier and be there for my family, we know now the purpose of our reasoning for wanting to do this.

 

Measurable

An effective tool that can help in establishing new habits or breaking bad habits is seeing if our goal is measurable? Continuing from the previous example, I can count the days I haven’t touched a cigarette. Eventually, on a larger scale, when you can see your progress, we can appreciate how far we have come.

 

Achievable

Make sure that it is realistic; don’t limit yourself to an unrealistic standard. Rather than saying I want to quit smoking right now, set a realistic standard such as I am going to quit smoking in a year’s time.

 

Relevant

Does the goal align with your values and where you want to be? If you are seeking a healthier lifestyle then quitting smoking would align with this value.

 

Time

Give yourself a realistic end date to meet your goal. Setting a timeframe can help drive us to reach our goal.

 

It may seem overwhelming to begin with but things that you can do to make it manageable is to break down your main goal into smaller goals that is more attainable. It is important to remember as well when working towards our goal that we recognise and celebrate our small achievements, which can help boost your confidence and motivation.

4. Engage in Meaningful Activities

It is important to have a positive escape to help us along the journey and keep us motivated. Consider dedicating more time to your hobbies or pursuing a new one. Playing a community sport is a great way to develop a good network of friends and promote physical and mental well-being when approaching an activity that brings you joy.

 

5. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness can help reduce stress and promote an overall sense of well-being. Take time to fully engage with whatever you may be doing and develop a sense of self-awareness. Soak in nature and take a deep breath; take this time to focus on the things that you are grateful for no matter how small and remind yourself of the reason for beginning this recovery journey. Practising gratitude can shift your perspective and foster a greater sense of contentment and peace.

 

Remember to be patient and compassionate with yourself as you navigate the ups and downs of the recovery process. With dedication, support, and self-care, you can create a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and aligned with your values and aspirations. If you would like to know more or would like to start your recovery journey contact us where you can have a private discussion with our caring team at Six Seasons Recovery.