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When Battling Your Demons, You Need A Long-Term Plan

When it comes to your mental health, it’s often never quite as easy as “getting over” a hump or treating one aspect of your thought process gone wrong. There is a range of different factors that can come together and impact our mental health. For that reason, we need a comprehensive strategy so that, even if we get out of a depressive state or find some relief from chronic stress or addiction, we need to look beyond that victory. After all, though one battle might be done, there are plenty to follow yet.

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Connection is essential

Even for those of us who might consider ourselves loners or introverts, don’t underestimate just how crucial relationships are for our wellbeing. Isolation is strongly linked to not only depression, stress, and anxiety, but even long-term cognitive decline and dementia. Aside from giving us the chance to build and share positive experiences with others, being treated with kindness, respect, and support by others also helps us build our own sense of self-esteem and belonging. Though the internet has atomized communities to a great degree, it also helps by offering opportunities to connect with people and build new friendships through community-connecting apps and the like. Of course, if you have connections such as existing family and friends, it’s important to tend to them too and make sure that those connections do not grow weak.

A sound soul needs a sound mind and a sound body

If you want to ensure your long-term recovery, you can’t just focus solely on the mental side of things. The idea that there is a great disconnect between mental and physical health is misguided from the get-go. The two influence one another so much that they may effectively be two sides of the same coin. As such, staying active is important for the brain, not just the body. Even starting to follow a beginner’s workout regimen can start increasing the number of happy neurotransmitters produced in the brain. Over the long term, it can greatly increase self-esteem, confidence, and be a major stress relief tool.

Tackling your bad habits

If you’re living with any form of addiction while trying to recover your mental health, you are going to face a much more difficult task unless you also tackle the addiction. Dual diagnosis is one of the most common approaches to treating addiction, understanding that the bad habits we pick up are often driven in part by underlying mental health issues and that those mental health issues by fueled by the abuse that comes from those bad habits. As such, it may be necessary to tackle addiction first with options like getting treatment at an outpatient program as a first step on your road to mental healing. Otherwise, you are going to have that addiction acting as a constant source of pain and pressure.

Be prepared for the knocks

It can take considerable effort to get to the point where you’re healing from your past issues and able to recover in a relatively stable way. However, it can often be a risk that the stability of that recovery is dependent on the stability of your life. As such, other factors that come out of left-field might be a major challenge to that recovery. That’s why it is important to learn the strategies to help you stay on the path to recovery and focus on mental health even when recovering from injuries, or sudden debt, or the other crises that life can throw at you. We’re not robots, we’re going to be affected by new challenges, but we can also learn the tips to help us stay healthy when addressing them.

Learn the tools to help you address how you feel right now

Mental health is about more than just your experience of your emotions at the moment. However, that doesn’t mean that being able to muster some form of control or influence over your current feelings isn’t helpful. This can be especially true if you’re dealing with stress or anxiety to the point that it disrupts your daily life. Learning the tools that can help you get your thoughts under control and help you discover your own thought processes can be highly practical. Using a mindfulness meditation app can, for instance, help people learn about emotional triggers that can lead them to the behavior that they are trying to solve or stop.

Improvement is key

Not only should you be thinking about how you can prepare for the negatives that life can throw your way, but you should also be thinking about what you do to add the new positives. One of the best ways to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as to build new connections, and give your life a sense of momentum, is to learn new skills. You don’t have to master a brand new craft and you don’t have to spend every day at it. However, taking the time on a semi-regular basis to try and learn a new skill, be it cooking, a creative art, a new professional skill, or otherwise, can

Know when you need help

No person is an island. This is not just an easy piece of advice to give, it’s imperative that you know when you need to reach out. It can take a long time for someone to admit that they are in need of help but once you get to that point, you should know that you shouldn’t then go on to try and deal with it on your own. Having someone to talk to is vitally important, whether it’s a counselor that you can call or even an online therapy service that can offer some advice. Friends and family can also help, too, of course, but trained assistance is often preferable.

Fighting mental health issues is not easy. But it is doable. Hopefully, the tips above will give you tips on how to do it every day and to keep coming out on top.

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