How We Can Figure out Where Our Paradise Is
We talk a lot about the end of recovery, the point where we have gone through our recovery program, and we feel like we are okay. It is the goal that we have in all of this, what we are working towards, and fighting for. But what exactly does that look like? There are so many different ways to describe it that the image becomes a little hazy. As with all things, it is dependent on the person. Each individual will have their conception of recovery, where they will feel comfortable and confident in their situation. It is based on their own background, experiences, and personalities. As such, there is no point in comparing each person’s ideas. Several different factors go into defining your ideal mental health, and it really is up to you to find out what those things are. However, we do believe there are a few basic things to incorporate into your picture of ideal mental health.
Setting Goals for Your Recovery
The first thing most people are looking for is a feeling of confidence. When you are going through mental illness and recovery, you will probably feel afraid. The fact that your head is working against you at every moment will make you feel defeated. You may even feel like you won’t ever find a way out. Your illness beats you down over and over again, leaving you to wonder if you will be able to pick yourself back up. Recovery is designed to help you navigate this fear and feeling of hopelessness. A successful recovery program will give you the tools necessary to cope with this anxiety and get past it. When you have those tools and feel like you can handle the fear, that is a moment of ideal mental health.
Supporting Your Recovery
The next thing we encourage you to look for is a reliable support system. This can be friends, family, or co-workers. Finding the people you can depend on will help quell your fears, and will support your coping strategies. A supportive group will give you more places to talk about your experiences and more places where you can escape loneliness. When you eliminate the feeling of isolation that comes with mental illness, you are on the right track.
We want you to be able to look at yourself positively. Self-confidence and self-love are integral to overcoming mental illness. What kind of person do you want to be? How do you want to behave and act? While everyone has their own ideal, take into account how you present yourself to others. You want to have enough self-awareness to know when your actions have crossed a line. We never want you to use your mental health as an excuse to treat others poorly, and we encourage you to find the balance between self-love and keeping others in mind.
Find Your Happy Place!
Finally, comfort and confidence in your environment is an integral part of recovery. Our environment can be a huge factor in the development of our mental illnesses. If we can reach a point where our environment is no longer negatively affecting us, we are in good shape. This could be staying in the same living situation and learning a new way to cope with it, or it could be that you move entirely. Either way, finding a place where you can feel comforted and happy will help you in the long run.
Learning more about yourself, your environment, and the people around you can bring comfort into your life. You can learn to cope with the various consequences and effects of mental illness. Of course, these are just general goals. The ideal mental health is up to you figure out. It will look different for each person. You don’t have to compare yourself to another person’s perfect way of living. Comparison can bring about feelings of negativity and inferiority. Avoid that kind of thinking and let yourself be confident in who you are and what you want. You deserve to find happiness and fill your life with the people and things that improve your health. Life is too short to strive for someone else’s dreams. Know your own goals, take solace in their uniqueness, and know that your individuality makes you beautiful.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]