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Kevin1990

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As my recovery takes off I can count my blessings. I have a supportive family, and I have an education. I am young at 26 and have had many positive work experiences. What I'm wondering is again about coping strategies. What helps the average person be mentally strong and what are quick fire strategies for dealing with mental disorder. I know music can be inspirational and reading can increase intellect. On top of this a positive self talk really helps me get through the day. What other tips can anyone give for long term and short term self help?
 
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Vicfran

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Hi Kevin1990,
Good on you for making it this far! It's great to read recovery stories, even though you may feel you have some way to go. Don't we all? I think you're doing really well and it's an inspiration.

Being aware of rumination (going over and over things in your mind) and negative thoughts is something to be on the look out for, and it seems you're doing that already. Being aware, noting the thought and then letting it go without judgement. Being kind to yourself and taking it a day at a time.

It's nothing new, but honestly, keeping physically active is so important. 3 'doses' of aerobic exercise per week will keep you balanced. Anything that puffs you out a bit will work; walking briskly, cycling, swimming, dancing...whatever you like! Keeping moving is just so important for brain health.

Exercising or doing something active with others is another great thing to do and that way you get social time as well. Maybe join a team sport, or find an gym or walking buddy.

Thanks for reaching out and asking for help.
You're doing wonderfully!
Vicfran
 
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Games in which you have to problem-solve keep the mind limber. Brain training has mixed reports about its effectiveness, but you could try it. These kinds of activities also help you keep focus.

Exercise and meditation helps keep you away from depressive thoughts and in touch with your inner self. It also gives you serotonin and helps you sleep better, which is very important for those with mental health difficulties.

Support yourself well with vitamins and minerals. Deficiencies of some of these can cause significant problems, or can cause you to underperform. Magnesium for instance is important to supporting brain function.

Getting out into nature, on walks or cycle rides. This will help you to relax and re-center, and connect with the natural world. Many people find this very beneficial.