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#1 Flexible thinking
Referencing a 2001 study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Toronto psychotherapist Ivan Staroversky, points out that people with a black-and-white thinking style—who consider themselves either in control or having failed—tend to be most prone to relapse at the first sign of a challenge. The better alternative, then, would be to develop a more flexible attitude about concepts of what you can truly control and what defines failure.
#2 Plan pro-actively
Create a personal checklist of coping strategies and record in a daily journal to keep healthy reminders at your fingertips. “The biggest thing about relapse is to expect it and understand that it’s something that happens to every person,” said Robin Harvell, a therapist in private practice in Indiana. “Even people without mental illness have setbacks, because any time you try to make a major change, you’ll have times when you’ll go to your old ways of functioning. You just have to have a plan on how to handle that.”
#3 Nix the negativity
Researchers are studying whether depression-prone women who pay more attention to negative things in their environment have a stronger tendency toward relapse. Some have found that moderating the tendency to focus on negative information or negative interpretations may reduce depressive symptoms. Learning to redirect negative thought patterns through cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practice, a gratitude journal or some other technique could shift your attentional bias toward the positive.
#4 Dig for meaning
To make a significant change, we must have significant motivation to achieve a desired goal, according to Staroversky. It’s not enough simply to have a logical reason for that particular goal, he explains. “It is important to keep digging until you get to the point where the response to the question makes you feel alive because the answer resonates with a higher purpose or deeper meaning.”
#5 Seek support
Many people find it essential to have someone they can go to when they need to just vent or cry, instead of internalizing their emotions. Attending a support group helps you maintain wellness by breaking through isolation, providing social interaction, and hearing what has worked for people who have been where you’re at, says mental health advocate Peter Ashenden. “They help you find a way to live the type of goal-oriented lifestyle you want.”
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