Twenty percent of Americans with an anxiety or mood disorder such as depression also have an alcohol or other substance use disorder.
Many of the patients at Stepworks fall into this category. Their substance use disorder is directly linked to their mental health. During a patient’s stay at Stepworks, we work diligently to nurture their physical, behavioral, and mental health. But the work doesn’t end when they leave our facility. That’s why we encourage our patients to remain committed to their mental health as they make progress on their recovery journey.
Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked Stepworks Therapist Haley Maynard to give our Stepworks family some simple steps to nurture your mental health right now.
Nurture Your Mental Health: Haley's Tips
1. Stay connected to your therapist and support group.
Not every day will be a great day. When there are bumps in the road, you need people who will help lift you up. Work hard to maintain those relationships of support!
2. Incorporate hobbies into your everyday life.
·Find something that brings you joy. An activity as simple as painting or woodworking can help you stay focused.
3. Get up and get out!
Exercise can be critical to improving your mental health. Being active and being outside can increase your endorphins and support your recovery work overall.
We hope this quick list challenges you to make small positive changes in your life that can benefit your mind and your body.
If you are suffering, please let us support you. Call our team at 1-800-545-9031.
Stats from National Alliance on Mental Illness