Managing a mental health disorder, regardless of what disorder it is, is not an easy thing to do. At times you might feel drained, disheartened, or even debilitated.
However, no matter what mental health condition you may suffer from, you can apply healthy and effective techniques that will allow you to control your symptoms. Discovering new ways to cope with stressors that trigger symptoms will help you accomplish your goals both in and outside of treatment.
How to Take Control of Your Disorder
Mental health disorders cause feelings of powerlessness, but there are ways to recognize the early warning signs of the physical and psychological symptoms, act quickly to stop them, and eliminate them before they become severe.
I See You
The first line of defense when taking control of your symptoms is knowing your signs. That means you will need to become familiar with your disorder and identify the symptoms you experience. Work with a mental health professional to learn how to monitor your mood and recognize your triggers.
There are preventative measures that you can take to prevent the onset of symptoms. Often, mental health disorders are heightened because of lifestyle choices, but the proper health maintenance techniques can reverse a potential meltdown:
- Acknowledge and adjust to the disorder
- Maintain a sleep schedule practice good sleep hygiene
- Change your thinking and practice problem-solving
Look How Far You’ve Come
Managing your symptoms is hard work, so be sure to pat yourself on the back and recognize the greatness in you. Look back at your journey to better mental health and keep track of the changes and progress that you have made. Continue to set and achieve goals and avoid inactivity. Monitor your mood and symptom changes and work with a mental health professional to adjust your lifestyle choices as needed. And, lastly, turn your struggles with a mental health disorder into a learning opportunity.
Managing a mental health disorder requires correcting and controlling thoughts and behaviors that trigger symptoms. You are not your disorder and you have the ability to take control of your life. Valiant Living, located in scenic Centennial, CO, is an all-male outpatient treatment facility for those battling mental health and substance use disorders. If you or someone you love is ready to take control and live a full, healthy life, contact us at (303) 952-5035 and learn more about how we can help you.