5 Crucial Things To Do After a Mental Health Crisis To Avoid Having Another One

Experiencing a mental health crisis can be a complex process that demands both personal commitment and the right external support to recover. From learning your triggers to joining a support group, the road to happiness can be a long one. But it's possible as long as you're willing to learn how to fight for yourself and surround yourself with people who will join you in that fight!

Here are 5 crucial things to do after a crisis to avoid having another one:

Shield Yourself Against Harmful Triggers

Surroundings have a profound impact on the psyche of someone grappling with mental health issues. Avoiding harmful places or situations will teach you how to shield yourself from painful experiences that could lead to a mental health crisis. It's important to find ways to protect yourself against people, places and situations that act as a recurring threat to your healing.

Walk More Often

Maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle can be as simple as opting for the stairs instead of the elevator or using your lunch break to go for a brisk walk. Not only will walking contribute to your physical well-being, but it will also improve your mental health. Studies show there was a 25% lowered risk of depression among young adults who took a brisk walk for 2.5 hours a week! Staying active and healthy doesn't have to take a backseat; finding small but impactful ways to prioritize your mental health through exercise can avoid a mental health crisis.

Invite your community into your journey

Healing is much harder and takes much longer when it happens in isolation; your family and friends are vital cogs in the recovery machinery! These relationships provide the emotional bedrock and encouragement that is essential after a mental health crisis. Being in community, even beyond your family and friends, provides both inspiration and a sense of belonging. Studies show that support groups are highly effective for people living with a mental illness; engaging with a community of individuals with a shared goal can be immensely uplifting. 

Work Toward Financial Stability

While emotional and psychological factors are crucial, the importance of financial stability cannot be understated. Financial instability leads to stress, which increases the likelihood of a mental health crisis. The American Psychological Association found that 72% of adults reported feeling stressed about money some of the time while 22% reported extreme stress related to financial concerns. This stress has also been linked to an increase in anxiety and depression.

Take Your Medication

If you were prescribed medication to help you on your mental health journey, don't be ashamed or embarrassed. Taking medication to strengthen your mind is no different than lifting weights to strengthen your body. The best way to avoid another mental health crisis is to take a professional's advice, especially if it's coming from your personal doctor!

Contributing post written by: Pete Sandel

Edited by: lazy &Lit. team

Photo credit: Cincinnati Magazine

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