3 Steps to getting over a nervous breakdown

The best treatments to get over a mental breakdown

Thank goodness you're reaching out for help to get over that nervous breakdown. Having a breakdown is such a frightening experience that it's no wonder you 're desperately looking for advice on how to recover.

If you haven't read my page on Signs and Symptoms of a Nervous Breakdown, then do hop over to that page first.

As I have explained on that page, 'nervous breakdown' is not a term professionals normally use.  However, I use it here because my clients use the term and we all know what it means.

I'm going to show you the best resources on the web to help you recover and stay well. Your recovery is important not only for you, but also your loved ones. They too are suffering and will want to see you get over your nervous breakdown as soon as you can.

You see, your being ill is having a huge effect on your partner or spouse too. And even if you feel he or she is part of the cause of your breakdown, it won't help you to wait for them to change.

So, without further delay, here's how you get over a nervous breakdown or burn-out...

Oh, before we go on, the very first thing you must do is to ensure that you eat really well (a varied diet) and sleep lots. If you don't sleep enough, you go bonkers!

How long does it take to recover?

How long your recovery is going to take depends on too many factors to be specific. Normally the worst feelings subside within one to two months. Don't hold me to that though - it can happen sooner or later. Then there comes a period of gradual overall recovery with lots of ups and downs. After that a very slow return to normal.

I am going to help you to speed up your recovery from your breakdown. With your being active in your recovery you'll get there sooner rather than later! So, stay tuned...

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3 Steps to a faster recovery from your meltdown

Always been anxious?

Chris Bayliss is a health researcher and nutrition expert specialising in the treatment of anxiety. He cured himself from anxiety!

Discover how his method can help you too...

To get over a nervous breakdown you need to:

A) Treat the symptoms (the outward signs will then disappear too)
B) Deal with the contributing factors
C) Improve your life-style (including your stress-related weight-gain)

Just think how long you've managed to keep going! Now give yourself time to build yourself up again with loving care and consideration.

Treating the immediacy of the symptoms of your meltdown will help you feel a little more in control.

Once those whirring thoughts begin to calm down, you can start to solve problems and take effective action - when you're ready.

I have found some excellent resources for you to help you calm the signs and symptoms and deal with the underlying problems.  No treatment is suitable for everyone though. I have chosen those I would use myself and happily recommend to family and friends.

Let's deal with the symptoms of a nervous breakdown first...

Anthony Robins: By changing nothing, nothing changes.See this as an opportunity to reassess your life. Aim to get back in the driving seat.

A - Treating the symptoms of your nervous breakdown

1. Natural remedies for fast relief

If you're at all suspicious of what your doctor prescribes (I personally would be, because of the side-effects), then talk to him or her about alternatives.

It's absolutely essential that you feel happy with whichever remedies and treatments you take to get over your nervous breakdown.

2. Stop those constantly whirring thoughts with meditation

Meditation helps you to stop worrying about the future and being stuck in the past and thus not waste your energy.

Meditation is also a great way to get over depression. Read more my page: Natural Depression Treatments.

3. Hypnosis for rapid healing

I know from my practice and personally that (self)hypnosis is ideally suited to calming an stressed out mind/body.

I so want you to feel better sooner rather than later and I'd love you to try hypnosis. Don't trust it? You're not the first - I am already prepared for it. Hop over to my page Hypnosis FAQ and downloads to learn How to do Self Hypnosis. You'll also find a link there to my recommended downloads/MP3s for treating a mental breakdown and depression (often present with a breakdown).

4. Track your recovery

Just writing about what's troubling you, how you're feeling and tracking your recovery can be a huge help. Keeping a journal can be really helpful.

5. Accept it's okay to be vulnerable

I urge you to watch this TedTalk from beginning to end...

B - Dealing with the causes of your meltdown

What happened prior to your becoming so poorly? I suspect anything from personal, relationship and familial problems to work-related stress or any type of trauma.

If you're in the early stages of your breakdown, you're unlikely to be ready to start dealing with the causes of your breakdown. Coping with not coping is probably the only realistic expectation at this stage.

When you are ready, take a look at my sitemap to find the articles that cover your particular problem, or scroll down now. Consider too getting the help of a professional, licensed therapist. It's very easy to set up an online session. For further information see my page on online mental health counselling.

1. Dealing with general stresses and strains

I recommend two effective methods to help you recover faster:

  1. Self-hypnosis
    See my article: Self-Hypnosis Downloads and FAQ.
  2. Meditation
    Watch Jon Kabbat-Zin, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, explain its benefits...

2. Healing relationship or marital problems

This can be a major factor in the development of a nervous breakdown.

For further information, start with my page on common relationship problems.

3. Overcoming existing anxiety and panic

Have you always been a bit of a worrier? Do you live with the constant presence of anxiety and perhaps even panic?

Chris Bayliss, a medical researcher and nutrition specialist, was too. He visited all the doctors, had all the pills, but eventually cured himself. He is now an expert in the treatment of anxiety and panic. Have a look at my review of his blueprint for Overcoming Anxiety and Panic for good.

4. Dealing with trauma

It's easy to think of a terrorist attack, a house fire, getting injured in a road traffic collision as a traumatic event. However, there are so many more ways in which you could have been traumatised.

I cover all this in more depth in my articles:

Calm scenery of a lakesideThat sense of peace will eventually return

C - Changing your lifestyle to prevent a recurrence

Oh, how I know how difficult it can be to make the required changes!

First of all, I just want you to stop feeling guilty. I know it's easier said than done, but guilt and shame are good only for you to realise when you truly have intended and done harm to others. In which case it's a signpost - time to make amends and take a different route. Other than that - it's wasted energy and you're so desperately in need of that energy.

Secondly, you will want to make the most of the energy you still have! I just want you to make a start today in sorting your life out.

Talk to an Online Expert Counsellor today, or get the one, well-researched system that will help you rid yourself of all the anxiety and panic.

How to avoid a burn-out in the future

Mastering the next two steps can give yourself the best possible chance of preventing a nervous breakdown.

  1. Stop expanding your boundaries, meaning always thinking you can add the next thing and the next to your already full diary. Whether that is because you want to be liked, just can't resist an 'exciting' offer, or you're being bullied into taking on more work than you could ever manage. There really is a limit to what you/your body can take.
  2. Learn to say: "NO". Start with saying that you need time to think about a request, because you always want to be able to give 100% and you're not sure you can at the moment. (Yup, I know that's easier said then done!)

There's more...

Increase your resilience by inoculating yourself against stress

No doubt you're well aware that winding yourself up about all kinds of things isn't doing you any good. It's understandable and normal if it concerns things that have happened fairly recently. But... if it concerns stuff that happened way back, it's time to take a fresh look at your map. and choose a different road!

Watch the video for some essential and reassuring information. Discover how you can very simply change how you use your brain to help you become more resilient.

Just make sure you get the general drift. Don't worry about the difficult stuff...

You can reclaim you life, be in control and happy again! It will take time, though, and you may have to make some lasting changes.

Related articles

Top Tips to Relief Stress
Natural Sleep Remedies
Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Depression and Anxiety - Linked with Your Diet!
Stress and Your Relationship
Depression Questionnaire

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