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July 2016

Relationships and well being

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

Those are the words of the Greek philosopher Epicurus. What he said thousands of years ago still applies to meaningful, supportive relationships and the positive effect they have on our well being.
Experts say that long-term, high-quality relationships are beneficial. Relationships can make us feel happier and healthier, physically and emotionally and less likely to do things that affect their well being. People in supportive relationships help each other through good and bad times. Just about all relationships can have challenging times.

Mental health issues can have a negative impact on personal relationships. A partner with mental health issues can challenge the relationship with their partner as well as with other family members, relatives and friends.

If a person has a mental health problem, family can provide the most immediate informal support and care. In fact, husbands, wives, partners and other family are often the most immediate and most important support. With the decreasing of stigma associated with having mental health issues or seeking treatment for them, people are finding it easier discuss these problems and to seek professional help.

Our relationships play an important part here. The support is just as important and that support can have a positive effect on the treatment itself. That support, particularly the support from a close relationship is important to protect because it, in turn, protects us against negative health and mental health problems.

Stress and coping skills

Last week, nutrition and its part in well being was the topic. Nutrition certainly is an important factor in good mental health and well being but its part of the story. A healthy lifestyle, good diet and plenty of exercise is a part of a well being most of us know. For the best emotional well being we have to look at some other aspects of lifestyle and, maybe make some changes.

We all know that stress can have a negative aspect on our mental health and there are some excellent ways of recognising the stressors in our lives and doing something about them. Some things are not so easily examined, or at least not without some professional help. Some of the things that cause stress are not in our immediate environment, like our workload or everyday pressures. They come from things that may have been part of our early life. Negative experiences from when we were younger or ways we learned to deal with problems and other stressful events may not always be the best ways of dealing with a problem. Sometimes negative stressors can cause negative behaviours in a person.

As we grow into adults we learn that things come our way that are always pleasant and we learn to cope. Coping strategies help us in the short term and in the long term and, as along as they aren’t going to be harmful in the long term are worth learning.

Sometimes, we don’t learn the best ways of coping and negative effects come along. It can be hard to unlearn ways we have used to cope with problems all our lives. Seeking professional help is a good way of discovering new approaches. At Retreat South, we understand that there are many factors that can can impact on quality of life. We work with you to turn around those difficulties and to channelling times of difficulty into positive, not negative behaviours.

Diet for good recovery and mental health

Addiction has a bad effect on both mind and body. Poor diet is often a factor when a person is addicted and during recovery good nutrition is a very important factor more losely linked to mental health than we might think.

Drug and alcohol addiction is so strong, the craving for the addiction overtakes the craving for food.
One of the aspects of treatment is replacing the taking of the harmful substances with healthier ones like food.

A well balanced diet is an important part of any recovery.

As a person recovers they begin to work out ways of being less likely to use alcohol and drugs. A good, well balanced diet helps to restore the body to health and a well balanced diet also improves mental health.

At Retreat South your nutritional care is planned along with with every other aspect of your care so that it is part of the wider treatment plan.

Because we strive to provide you with the most comfortable environment for your stay our chef designed meals are planned and prepared with your personal and dietary needs using the finest ingredients.

As the father of medicine and healing, Hippocrates, said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Those words are as true as ever when it comes to addiction and recovery.