Where should I start?

Wondering where to start when it comes to recovery? I have heard so many people say...where do I begin?

With all the information there is on getting better and staying healthy, it is not uncommon for people to find it difficult knowing which steps they should take first.

Many people wonder if there is a particular order they should do things while others simply just want it all laid out for them to make it easier.

Dealing with chronic stress, anxiety and even depression can make it harder to focus and to know if you are heading in the right direction.

With so much information, it's easy to get lost or become overwhelmed.

Although you can recover no matter which direction you choose to go, this section is for those who are looking for a more structured approach towards healing.

The following steps have been created for you to follow in a specific order. If, at any time, you decide to do them differently, that is completely your prerogative to do so. Only you know what is best for you and how you will benefit the most.

Recovery Step Tips

For best results, please make sure to read all the information presented under each step. Follow their links and read all the suggested material.

If worksheets are provided under the step you are doing, be sure to print up the worksheets on that page and do the work. Some steps may include worksheets from previous steps. Do them all. Repetition is most necessary! It takes time and a lot of work to overcome chronic stress, anxiety and depression.

If the worksheets are there, do them! Trust me when I say, recovery is worth all the effort you will put forth!

Sound-Mind Steps

Whether you suffer with chronic stress, anxiety, obsessive scary thoughts, phobias, or depression, you will be able to build your own self-help plan using the unique steps below. Remember, the only right way to recover is YOUR way.

Step 1
Understanding it all. Learn your options. It's time to make some real choices for yourself!

Step 2
Get in touch with yourself and your self-talk!

Step 3
Exercise is important and necessary. Learning to bring exercise into your daily routine.

Step 4
Changing bad eating habits to good eating habits. What you eat makes a big difference in how you feel.

Step 5
Time to take your self-talk for a walk! Putting new thoughts into action using CBT Techniques.

Step 6
Keeping Stress Management in your daily routine.

Step 7
Encourage others and you encourage yourself!

Step 8
Keeping Realistic Expectations. Giving up is never an option.

Take Your Time!

Be sure to take your time working through each of these steps. Don't rush through them. Instead, give yourself a week or more on each one. When you think you have the hang of it, move ahead. If you are having a hard time at any point, remember you can go back to previous steps at any time. You are in control!

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