What You Can do to Prevent a Relapse into Mental Illness
Let’s face it. No matter how much we try, there is a good chance that you will have a relapse episode on your recovery journey. It is always important for us to make sure that we prepare for the eventual relapse episode in your mental illness.
It happens to us all. I am reminded of a recent relapse of my own. It was during Christmas. I had finished a very long semester and I was staring down two weeks of no real goals relating to school. I was overdoing life by writing every second I was awake and it showed a huge spike in depression leading up to the final week of my semester.
My depression had taken over, and I was not prepared. It took me several days of laying in bed to finally leave my bed, take a good shower, and have a good meal. I was able to refocus and I have been better ever since at not letting my goals overwork me.
My point is I wasn’t prepared for my depression when the time came.
Relapse can happen when the symptoms of your illness get worse, it could be the return of the symptoms. So what can we do? There are some warning signs that you can use to gauge if you are heading towards a relapse.
1. Irritability – This to me is important for my own mental health. It is a pretty good sign that my depression is getting worse and I am heading to a relapse when I am irritable. When I am quick to snap at someone it means I need to look deeper into what is bothering me.
2. Less Energy – This is equally important to your possible relapse episode. Depression especially can zap your energy before you even open your eyes. If you feel the need to stay in bed is present it could an important sign that you’re heading down the road to relapse.
3. Tiredness – I can’t tell you the number of times I wake up tired. It‘s another unfortunate sign of relapse.
4. Fears – I know when things are bad when I fear the future and what it brings. When I fear waking up the next day or if my anxiety is going to hit a high level. It’s a clear sign that there is a relapse on the horizon.
These are some of the signs that you can be relapsing in your mental health. It is imperative that we always stay attuned to our bodies and what it is telling us. It is also important to keep our minds sharp. You can do things like journaling your thoughts to help you focus on what is leading you down the path to relapse.
As always, I open this up to my fellow mental illness bloggers. What are some of your signs that you are going down the road to a relapse?
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