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How To Manage Depression in Recovery

How To Manage Depression in Recovery

Published: March 3, 2022

As mental illness and addiction are often comorbid, it is essential to understand how to manage depression in recovery. Below, we have shared just a few ways you can do so. 

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness might sound dubious, but studies have shown its benefits when treating mental health issues such as depression. In addition to treatment programs, such as mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (MCBT), you can take simple steps to practice mindfulness at home or wherever you go. These include:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Focusing on your present feelings, thoughts, surroundings, and actions
  • Accepting your emotions and allowing yourself to think them without judgment
  • Having compassion for yourself like you would a friend

The goal of being mindful is to be in the present without judgment. For example, realize that even though you are in the process of recovery, you don’t have to wait until a certain time or milestone to be happy. Happiness can be found now.

Write a Journal

You don’t have to write a diary of everything you do each day, especially if it doesn’t benefit you. Instead, you could create a journal specifically dedicated to your thoughts and feelings. Keeping a journal brings relief for many people, especially if something has been bottled up for a prolonged period.

If you are considering writing a journal, maybe you could start a gratitude journal and write at least one thing you are grateful for each day. Writing in a journal could become part of your daily routine and even practicing mindfulness. It could be a way to acknowledge and accept your feelings without judgment.

A journal might also be useful for self-reflection, realizing your emotional triggers, and managing expectations. 

Talk To a Professional

As useful as mindful meditation and keeping a journal are, there is no substitute for professional help. Mental health issues are like any other health issues and require appropriate treatment. Your doctor or detox facility will be able to point you in the right direction of a therapist who specializes in addiction recovery.

Make use of your other support outlets, such as support groups and your support system. Talk to your family and friends. They want to help you, but they can’t if you don’t communicate how you feel with them. 

To Conclude

Managing depression in recovery is possible with the right support, guidance, and care. If you feel unable to turn to your family and friends, support group, or therapist, please make sure that you get help elsewhere. 

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