Continuing to seek help and support to maintain your mental wellness is essential in recovery. These avenues for support help keep you motivated and accountable, especially early on in your recovery. Structuring your day to participate in helpful activities also helps keep you on the path to recovery and help create a lasting structure. Facing challenges is also a part of recovery because, at certain points, there will be obstacles that will require you to adapt your approach. However, since the onset of the pandemic, the world has changed and it has affected every facet of people’s lives: work, leisure, health, and social interactions.
These challenges have been placed on everybody, and if you are trying to maintain your recovery, it has proved incredibly hard. Understand that no matter how isolated you feel, professionals are working and available to meet your needs to ensure you are correctly treated. Knowing your options will bring relief in knowing that you can maintain quality care from home. It just takes being willing to make that adjustment.
Intensive Outpatient Care
Adjusting to a home treatment schedule is among the better options for maintaining care during the pandemic. Treatment centers such as True Recovery have responded to COVID-19 by implementing virtual help and training for patients who cannot find or personally attend treatment otherwise. These meetings are held via telehealth services and are designed to work with you to give you the tools needed to make necessary adjustments to regulate your health and well-being from home. This kind of care offers a range of different ways to access treatment.
This is a setting where you can share experiences and thoughts with other patients. This is an excellent opportunity to use these shared experiences to not only help think up new or different approaches to the current situation, but this is also a great way to learn from other’s experiences. Building communication and social skills will better help you to express your thoughts and feelings to others. In a group setting, there will also be a therapist guiding you and the other patients. Sharing feelings and listening to others is a great way to help you feel connected and that you are facing this global pandemic with them.
In addition to receiving group therapy, one-on-one therapy will provide a more intimate setting for you to open up to your therapist about how you’re feeling. Especially if you are hesitant within a group, individual therapy offers privacy and confidentiality. You will focus on your relationship with your therapist and creating trust and a bond to allow you to express yourself unencumbered. Your relationship with your therapist can last for years and it can help you open up in other settings where you might usually feel hesitant.
Alternative therapies include practices that you might already have included in your daily regimen. However, because this current situation is altering how you might participate in certain practices, it is important to find ways to keep them prevalent and relevant in your day. Because you might be spending a lot of extra time at home, this time could be used to help or hurt your recovery, so you will want to create a schedule that works for you. Remember, while places like True Recovery offer 24/7 care, you might not always be able to reach out to your therapist or friends from your recovery when you want to. In order to stay on-track in your recovery, you may look at ways to fill your time in between therapy sessions.
Music, writing, painting, or exercise are great ways to maintain motivation, fill your time, and build a useful craft that you can continue to challenge yourself with. The idea is to avoid boredom. Boredom leads to stagnation, which leads to negative thinking, which leads to isolation, which then leads to relapse. So use any outlets available to you to combat boredom and cope with cravings. You can go all-out with an activity or just keep it simple. Listen to music, read books, or stretch or meditate to nourish your mind and body. The point is to motivate yourself away from boredom without overwhelming yourself.
When you are home and left to your own devices, it is very easy to slide into an unhealthy and unstructured diet. However, a good diet and set eating times will help you maintain your structure. Mealtimes are good ways to get you motivated because you need to report to the table at a certain time. Also, setting three meal times, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a couple included snack times will reduce the amount of grazing you do in the day. Eating the right foods, like vegetables, lean proteins, eggs, fish, and drinking plenty of water will also help curb snack cravings, and the better choice of food will nourish your mind and body with the nutrients it needs. This is not to say that you can’t have pizza or pie, but try to have the pizza and pie on the weekends. This will help to separate the weekend from the workweek, which is important when staying home a lot and will give you something to look forward to on the weekend.
In addition to staying connected in group therapy and other virtual meetings, you need to make time for family and friends. Including family and friends in your weekly schedule where you may visit with a socially distant coffee, tea, or even work out together is a good way to combat loneliness. Also, the more social options you utilize, the less likely you will experience boredom and loneliness between therapy sessions.
The main purpose is to help you find the activities necessary to keep you motivated and maintain your recovery. These practices should allow you to feel in control of your day and your recovery by providing enough outlets to keep you from succumbing to isolation and boredom. Taking time to recognize your thoughts and feelings can help you reduce–and even remove–irrational and stressful thoughts you may have surrounding COVID-19. Also, being aware of how you feel helps you develop the right coping mechanisms to manage your stress. Keep putting your recovery first and make moving forward the focus.
This is a unique time and you should know that you are not alone. The world is trying to adjust to a new normal. While it might feel difficult to overcome the challenges you are facing, know that our professionals at True Recovery remain available and those needing treatment are continuing to find ways by coming together to maintain recovery. True Recovery has been implementing new ways to reach and treat our patients from the onset of the pandemic. We now offer telehealth services that aim to meet the needs for treatment of the patient and make sure they feel comfortable throughout the process. This includes inpatient and outpatient options. With 24/7 availability, you can reach out to True Recovery whenever you need help. Medicine and treatment are built upon alternative care and evolution and the challenges of COVID-19 is a call for you to evolve your practices, too. To learn more, call us today at (866) 399-6528.