Bouncing Back After a Mental Health Relapse

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Bouncing Back After a Mental Health Relapse

Have you ever felt like you are in an amazing space emotionally and mentally and then before you can even get comfortable feeling stable, something happens and before you know it you are back in your negative emotional or mental space reeling and trying to find where you went wrong. This can often be defines as a mental health relapse. A “relapse” is when troubling symptoms come back or get worse. It can be scary and even intimidating to come back from a mental health relapse, but working on recovering is one of the healthiest and best things you can do for yourself.

Here are some tips of how to recover from your mental health relapse:

Don’t indulge in self-pity or playing the victim. It’s okay to recognize that you are having a bad day, a bad week, or just a rough time. It’s important to also recognize that the situation isn’t permanent and that feeling sorry for yourself for a prolonged period won’t help you improve your situation. Try not to let yourself fall into the trap of “poor me”. Take accountability for what you may have done to contribute to your relapse, make a plan to change, and move on. Forcing yourself to overcome your current situation will give you confidence and resilience for the future.


Surround yourself with those that you trust. After a mental health relapse you can become more vulnerable than normal, so it is important to be around people who truly have your best interest at heart. Those who truly care about you also help you feel more connected and help your healing. The people closest to you often have insight into how you are feeling, and can help you address and recognize when something needs to change.


Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s easy to become angry that you slipped up or feel that you let yourself down after a mental health relapse, but it’s important to keep perspective. Rather than focusing on the fact that this has happened, focus on how far you have come, the progress you have made so far, and how you are going to get back to where you want to be. Fighting with yourself accomplishes nothing other than exhausting your own mind.


Return to your healthy routine as soon as you can. This can mean getting back in to see your therapist, getting your medication back on track, or even just returning to your normal daily routine. It’s important to use what has worked in the past and focus on returning to stability.


If you feel like you may be headed for a mental health relapse, or are currently experiencing one, please contact us today.

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