The road to being mentally healthy again after depression is a long journey. The process does not end with the treatment, it continues after that by leading a healthy and well-balanced life and avoiding triggers. Triggers differ with every person. Each of us has these stressors that could cause the onset of depression or relapse. To protect our mental health, here are some tips that are helpful in depression therapy:
- Know your triggers.
The first step in avoiding triggers is to identify them. A self-interoception talk with your therapist during depression counseling can be a really big help.
- Develop coping skills.
Some triggers are unavoidable. For instance, the stress in school can be a trigger for some. However, quitting school is not that simple and is not recommended. You can work hand-in-hand with your therapist during rehab to develop coping skills for common stressors or triggers.
- Plan for known triggers.
If you know that a known trigger is coming up, planning for it can help you cope preemptively. You can talk to your therapist or a trusted person about it to manage your reaction. An example of this is a loved one’s death anniversary or meeting up with people who hurt you before.
Teen Depression offers depression rehab services for teens who need it. Our professional therapists can also help you identify and cope with triggers to ensure that you protect your mental health.