Recovery tips

  • Get to know your condition. Do some research
  • Learn your triggers or what can affect you negatively
  • Get support from friends and family. Let them know what you are feeling and what you are going through
  • Don't be afraid to talk to a professional
  • Get some fresh air every day
  • Take care of your physical health by exercising and getting regular health checks with your doctor
  • Achieve something every day - however small it may be - and celebrate your success
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Get help if you need it – asking for help is not a sign of weakness
  • Avoid being isolated - consider volunteering or visiting an elderly person.

    Points to remember

    • Although life may be different from the way it was before developing a mental health condition, this does not mean that life has to be any less meaningful
    • Mental illness may be a part of you, but it does not define you
    • Recovery is an on-going process; a journey, rather than a place to reach
    • Recovery is very personal, it will mean something different to every individual. For one person, recovery might mean they are able to gain a sense of control over their illness and maintain ‘wellness’. To someone else it could mean they are able to live independently, have a relationship or engage in enjoyable activities. Regardless of its meaning, every person can achieve some level of recovery in their lives
    • Recovery is difficult and can involve lots of hiccups; it’s not a straight upward line. However, it is possible to be gripped by the worst your mental health condition(s) can throw at you while still moving along the recovery journey. Learning from each of these experiences and applying the lessons to further encounters (for example through use of a Wellness Recovery Action Plan can help)

    What contributes to recovery?

    • Re-establishing your identity
    • Self management and self care
    • A committment to step-by-step progress
    • Taking responsibility for your life and wellbeing
    • Recognising that recovery is a process that takes time and effort
    • Gaining a sense of control over your illness
    • Hope that recovery is possible
    • Self awareness and belief in yourself
    • Recognising that although things may be different to before, they don't have to be less meaningful
    • Accepting support from professionals, friends and family
    • A willingness to discover or rediscover meaning in your life (engaging in meaningful activity)
    • Consideration of all aspects of life.