It has been said that “the common denominator [of mental health recovery] is community” (William Anthony, Boston University). You were created to be in community! Having the support and encouragement of consistent and trusted friends and family can provide you with a stable foundation for your mental health recovery journey.
Tip: Locate a support group in your area or a church small group to attend. Find 1-2 new ways to connect with friends weekly to develop relationships (phone call, short walk/hike, sporting event, cooking dinner, watching a movie).
2. RENEWED SENSE OF HOPE
A renewed sense of hope arises from understanding that you are not defined by your mental illness and that God has a wonderful purpose for your life. When you look through a lens of hope rather than despair, you have a new strength to face challenges that come your way.
Tip: Write down a list of 10 attributes of God. Hold on to this list throughout your day to remind yourself that He is not only fighting for you but also fighting alongside you and we can rest in His grace!
3. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Mental health recovery requires a whole-health approach. Along with our mental health, it also incorporates our physical, relational and spiritual health. A great indication of growth in the recovery process is a lifestyle that addresses each area of life. This may include a healthy diet, consistent exercise, and times throughout the week to learn a new hobby or study a new topic.
Tip: Find one new activity to try this week. Try finding a new walking path, riding your bike to a park to practice relaxation techniques, writing an encouraging letter to a friend or learning a musical instrument.