Having mental health issues is like having any chronic illness like diabetes or asthma. Recovery is about taking responsibility for your health and doing what you can to be well, physically and mentally.
Wellness for everyone includes things like exercise, diet, stress-management, having friends and having some fun in your life. Many people find that spirituality is a tremendous resource in their recovery journey. When you have mental health challenges, coping with symptoms increases your wellness, too.
Employment is good for wellness, too. As an adult living in this country, you have the same rights and responsibilities to citizenship as anyone else, including the right to work. Mental health agencies have programs to help you be successful in going back to work. Please check out the Employment page to learn more.
Planning is important in finding and keeping wellness. The Recovery strategies page includes ideas you may find useful. Many people have found the Wellness Recovery Action Plans as developed by Mary Ellen Copeland to be a powerful tool in recovery.
There are many ways to help your self be well, even in the presence of some symptoms.
12 Points of Wellness
- You live in a place you like and can call home.
- You have something that you believe is meaningful to do during the day.
- You have at least one someone to laugh with and pour your heart out to.
- You like yourself (mostly).
- You find some joy in life and have fun now and again.
- You see that you have choices and you are able to make a decision about what you want to do.
- You feel that you are able to do most of the things you would like to do.
- You take a calculated risk now and then.
- You recognize that there are some things about life and our world that cannot be changed, at least in the short term.
- You have found a place in the world and feel reasonably good about it.
- When you feel bad, you are able to make yourself feel better and ask for help when you need it.
- When others feel bad or need help, you give when asked.
10 Tools to "Live Your Life Well"
"Live Your Life Well" is a national public education campaign dedicated to helping people better cope with stress and enhance their well being. Stress can take a huge toll on a person's health, mood, productivity and relationships, but specific evidence-based tools can help counterbalance these effects.
The nonprofit Mental Health America has created "Live Your Life Well" to increase the number of people who take action to protect their mental health, both in the face of ongoing stress and in times of great personal challenge. Find out more at www.liveyourlifewell.org.