No matter what stage you are at in your recovery, it is important to prioritize your mental health. Recovery, as with many other things, can be stressful and can cause you to neglect aspects of your social and personal life that you certainly shouldn’t be. One of the best ways to keep your mental health in check is to keep in close contact with a recovery support group and mentors. These individuals will not only allow you to gauge your recovery progress, but they’ll also be good points of reference as to how stable your mental health is at any given time. Try scheduling routine sessions in which you discuss how you are feeling, why you might be feeling that way, and any thoughts that may have been abnormal or unusual within the past few days. If you are apt to forget, it is advisable to keep a simple log or journal in order to jot these things down as they come up. It is important to remember that mental health does not necessarily mean whether you are crazy or not. Anxiety, stress, and worry all have a negative impact on your mental health, and any one of them can wear you down until you are no longer able to continue in your recovery journey. Things that you may not even consider terribly important (like sleep and healthy eating) can play a tremendous role in shaping your mental health. On that note, it is important to get an adequate amount of rest on a daily basis to bolster your mental health and to keep your mind primed for a healthy and efficient recovery. At least six hours of sleep is adequate, though up to eight hours is optimal. Any more than this on a regular basis could lead to lethargy, which is certainly something you want to avoid as you recover. Additionally, eating an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables, and foods that are high in amino acids is important for your mental health as well. Foods that are high in amino acids actually contain properties that are known to elevate mood and increase pleasure– two things that will allow you to mitigate some of the rougher times of your recovery journey. Finally, a regular dose of exercise can work wonders for your mental health. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins that spark your body into performing at its optimal levels. If you are not a big fan of the gym, you can start smaller, with a walk or jog around the neighborhood. The important factor here is that you get your heart rate up, and your blood pumping!
Keeping up with your mental health is important for those recovering from addiction, but it is vital for those currently suffering from it. Call Oceanfront Recovery at (877)279-1777 to start the life changing road to recovery today!