It’s no secret that your mindset during recovery can have a dramatic effect on your body’s ability to heal. So if you’re in the midst of outlining your wellness recovery action plan after a challenging experience or transition, an illness, addiction, or injury, do everything you can to set your body and mind up for success.
Your optimum wellness plan should have a holistic approach to brain health and body integrity. Do so by identifying your needs, surmounting the challenges of recovering at home, and sticking to a self-care checklist.
Identify Your Needs
Only you can know what you really need to get through this event in your health and wellness journey. You’ll be the one who can spot obstacles and challenges coming at you—not anyone else.
Be realistic about what you need to be able to recover. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.
The Challenges of Recovering at Home
If you are recovering at home, that means you have likely left behind the support you got at a medical center. You may feel you have been dropped back into life all on your own with no other support addressing your whole needs.
You may also find yourself burdened with some of the same tasks that contributed to your health problems in the first place. If you are over-taxed by an unfair load of chores and losing sleep to get everything done, your recovery at home may be in jeopardy.
Learning to accept the change in your recovery may be difficult so discuss your change in routine with your family or housemates to make recovery possible.
Design Your Self-Care Checklist
Self-care is actions you take with the end goal to care for yourself. Self-care can be simple, like doing a skincare routine before bedtime. Or it can be more elaborate steps integrated throughout your day. An example of a self-care plan might be:
1. Plan out a nutritious meal plan.
Make it possible for you to start out every day with a healthful breakfast. Concentrate on nourishing foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and enough protein.
Give your lunch and dinner some thought at the beginning of the day (or week) so you don’t make poor food choices as you get tired throughout the day.
2. Stay consistent with your meds and supplements. If your medical provider has suggested them, it’s important to stay on top of the routine.
3. Integrate movement into your day. Even if you’re not cleared for exercise yet, moving mindfully is good for healing.
4. Spend time with people who support you. Social support is essential for overcoming difficulties.
5. Create habits that feel good to you, like having a cup of tea in the morning or putting on a face mask at night. Something to look forward to can help you through the difficult days.
Put Your Wellness Recovery Action Plan into Action
Now that you have developed your wellness recovery action plan, put it into action. Enter recovery with a clear mindset and a goal to engage in emotional self-care.
At Sage Integrative Wellness, we are your partners in recovery ready to support you in finding health recovery solutions and with mindset coaching through health and wellness nurse coaching. Reach out for support today.