Following your treatment plan allows you to effectively manage your schizophrenia. Nevertheless, there's always the risk of another attack, but do not worry because there are several key lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk and help you enjoy life.
Changing Your Outlook on Schizophrenia Is an Important Stepping Stone to Recovery
It may be hard to accept that you're diagnosed with schizophrenia. You may even refuse to cooperate with doctors and any form of treatment outright. However, rejecting help may worsen your condition. To begin the road to recovery, it's important to start with the following:
• Accepting your condition: acknowledging that you have schizophrenia and that you need support are crucial stepping stones to a successful recovery.
• Don't give in to negative notions of schizophrenia: people unfamiliar with schizophrenia form unfounded fears and negative stereotypes, which may bring down your mood. Instead, surround yourself with supportive people so you have better chances of recovering and taking control of your life.
• Regularly meet with your therapist: cooperation with your doctor is essential. He will help provide guidance during the course of your treatment and should an attack happen, he can provide professional medical assistance.
• Make sure to get supportive therapies: you may be prescribed medication to treat your schizophrenia, but do not solely rely on it. A healthy diet, exercise and getting support from your family, friends and a peer support group are just as important in helping you manage your condition easier.
• Look past your condition and live life to the fullest: schizophrenia isn't the only thing that should define your life. Don't forget to set goals and pursue your passions just like any other person would. Many schizophrenics actually go on to live fully normal lives and succeed in their careers.
After Changing Your Outlook, Adopt These Practices to Help You Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Accepting your condition is only the first step to recovery. It's better to "live" with schizophrenia rather than "survive" it. The following practices are recommended to help you live and enjoy life:
• Eat a healthy diet: foods rich in omega-3 like wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies, along with those rich in vitamins C and E, have been found to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia. Krill oil supplements are also a good source of omega-3 if you can't obtain organic sources of it. Lastly, don't forget to consume foods rich in other essential nutrients such as organic raw vegetables, grass-fed meat and coconut oil.
• Get regular exercise: exercise is one of the best things you can do to help improve your body, but it may help improve your mental well-being as well. Try to find an exercise or sport you like so you can have fun exercising.
• Learn how to control stress and anxiety: living with schizophrenia can be physically draining, so it's important to learn how to control your workload so you won't feel overwhelmed.
You may learn the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a method where you place your fingertips on specific energy meridians on your head and chest, while voicing out positive affirmations to help remove negative emotions and inspire you to set positive goals.
• Avoid social isolation: It's important that you never become isolated for too long, as it could exacerbate your hallucinations and paranoia. Instead, make a conscious decision to go out and spend time with a friend or family member for a simple chat.
• Maintain close friendships and develop your social skills: having close friends you can regularly talk to can help a lot, especially during times when you feel down.