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What Are the Benefits of Yoga for Mental Illness Recovery?

What Are the Benefits of Yoga for Mental Illness Recovery?

Yoga for mental illness recovery works well because it falls into the self-care categories of meditation, mindfulness and exercise. Learn more here.Yoga and mental illness recovery can go hand in hand — it is an incredible and powerful tool for recovery. The resources to overcome and aid mental illness are abundant. What works for one person is not necessarily going to work for another. Keeping an open mind and trying different things is extremely important while on this journey. I believe that a combination of a variety of different mental health tools is one of the best approaches. Yoga is one of the tools I use on a regular basis, and yoga can help you with depression, anxiety and stress, too. Yoga can help mental illness.

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Mental Illness and Stress: Four Signs You Need a Break

Mental Illness and Stress: Four Signs You Need a Break

Mental illness and stress can cause you a lot of trouble. Stress can cause symptoms of mental illness to break through. Here are four signs you need a break.

Mental illness and stress do not mix well. There have been many times in my recovery when I’ve needed a break. Whether it was a medical leave from school or a few days off of work, I’ve always found giving myself a break helpful. I would usually return to work or school a rested, happier, and more productive person. Here are four signs that have shown me that I’ve needed a break because of mental illness and stress.

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Your Relationship with Food and Mental Health Recovery

Your Relationship with Food and Mental Health Recovery

Learning how your relationship with food affects your mental illness is key for mental health recovery. Your relationship with food impacts your mental health.Many times our relationship with food affects our mental illness recovery and our mental illness recovery affects our relationship with food. Whether it’s overeating or not eating enough, usually our eating patterns are abnormal. This affects our mood, energy, thoughts, and feelings about ourselves. Lack of normalcy with food can make it extremely difficult to recover from mental illness. Being healthy and confident in our food choices, or having a good relationship with food, is key to recovery.

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A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A Daily Journal Helps You Heal in Mental Illness Recovery

A daily journal benefits mental illness recovery in many ways. Processing your thoughts and emotions via mental health journaling can help you recover sooner.

A daily journal becomes a powerful tool when it comes to mental illness recovery because it allows you to get out of your head and onto paper. Oftentimes when someone is recovering from mental illness, they spend a lot of time alone or feeling lonely (even if they are around other people), and he or she is usually in his or her head with his or her thoughts. When you are able to write down your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs, and what you are going through, something magical happens. You find so much clarity and peace in that practice, one of the many mental health benefits of journaling. Keeping a daily journal will aid your mental illness recovery.

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Sharing Your Struggle with Mental Illness Aids Your Recovery

Sharing Your Struggle with Mental Illness Aids Your Recovery

Sharing your struggle with mental illness in recovery is extremely important. Your mental illness struggle doesn't have to be a lonely one. Share your story.

Sharing your struggle with mental illness is personal, so being open and transparent about mental illness can be extremely difficult. So much of the time there is a lot of shame, embarrassment, and guilt surrounding the struggle with mental illness that many who suffer keep it to themselves. But explaining to others what you are going through allows you to no longer have to hide and wear a mask and it gives you a support system that will help you feel as if you are not alone. I believe that sharing your story of struggle with mental illness can be such a powerful step forward and bring you closer to recovering from mental illness.

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Volunteering Aids Your Recovery From Mental Illness

Volunteering Aids Your Recovery From Mental Illness

Volunteering aids your recovery from mental illness in many ways. Here's how volunteering can get you through tough spots in mental illness recovery.

Volunteering aided my recovery from mental illness when I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia in my early 20s. I volunteered for my local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter, and it soon became a great opportunity that helped me take back my life and even lead to an internship. Here are five ways that volunteering can aid mental illness recovery that I discovered during my time at NAMI.

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Could You Use the FMLA to Help Your Mental Illness Recovery?

Could You Use the FMLA to Help Your Mental Illness Recovery?

Applying for FMLA to aid your mental illness recovery can give you time off work beyond vacation and sick days. I applied for FMLA. Consider it for yourself.

Have you considered using the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help your mental health recovery? Many people with mental illnesses are employed, but working with a mental illness can be challenging. Stress can cause symptoms to break through, and there may be times when you need time off. Would your supervisor be supportive? Could you apply for benefits under the FMLA to help your mental illness recovery?

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My Journey Into Motherhood with a Mental Illness

My Journey Into Motherhood with a Mental Illness

Motherhood with a mental illness requires pre-birth planning, working with all your doctors and considering the risks. Read my story of what happened with me.

Taking on motherhood with a mental illness makes starting a family difficult. I had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia in my early 20s, 10 years prior to giving birth to our daughter (Mothering With an Invisible Mental Illness). My husband and I always wanted children so we decided to take a chance. Here’s our story of entering motherhood with mental illness.

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Mental Health Crisis Text Line Advantages

Mental Health Crisis Text Line Advantages

Mental health crisis text lines have advantages over phone conversations when you need to talk. Consider these three mental health crisis text line advantages.

There are three advantages to mental health crisis text lines. Recently, a mental health consumer organization in the greater Indianapolis area started a mental health crisis text line–the 13th such text line in the nation. Also, there is a national mental health crisis text line at 741741 (Suicide Chat Hotline Options). This made me think about three advantages to crisis text lines and how they help mental health consumers in crisis.

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Manage Self-Harm Urges with the Calm Harm App

Manage Self-Harm Urges with the Calm Harm App

You may be able to manage self-harm urges with the Calm Harm application, or app. Recently, a counselor shared this app with me. Calm Harm, a British app, is designed to help people of all ages deal with self-harm urges. It mainly does this by inviting the user to “ride the wave”–self-harm, the app says, is like a wave–strongest when you want to do it, and then weaker with time. The app then provides suggestions, a timer, and feedback on how you handle self-injury. It’s an interesting app for anyone, but I cannot recommend it strongly enough for someone who struggles with self-injury. Here is how you can manage self-harm urges using the app.

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