For so long, we have been under the heavy blanket of pain, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Some of us can’t remember what it feels like to be “normal.” Since our ketamine infusions, things have changed; the blanket has been lifted! Ketamine therapy is working, so now what? What’s our job? How can we focus this new-found energy, clarity, and motivation to get the most out of treatments and our lives?
The focus should be on changing daily habits and re-engaging in life. This re-engagement should be done gradually and in very specific, goal directed steps.
To begin, brainstorm some things you would like to start doing again. Include areas such as self-care, small responsibilities, hobbies, interacting with family or friends. Next, prioritize, picking just a few to focus on. Finally, write down how you will accomplish these activities and then check them off as you get them done.
For example, Sara might begin with focusing on self-care. Prior to treatments, she could only shower once a week. Now, she would like to try and shower every day. This feels overwhelming, so Sara adjusts her goal to just two times a week. She writes this goal down and checks it off as she accomplishes it. Sara also makes note of how difficult or easy this task was to accomplish, or if she was able surpass her goal. This written log or journal is very important because it gives her a visual representation of how she is doing as well as a reminder of what she wants to accomplish.
It’s important to remember to keep things simple and take baby steps. You may want to climb Mt. Everest but to get there you must first be able to walk around the block (or even down your driveway and back)! Also, be gentle with yourself. You have been fighting a mighty battle and getting back to “normal” takes time, commitment, and self-compassion. There will be bumps along the road, but taking things one step and one day at a time, you’ll be further along than you could ever imagine.
Ketamine infusion therapy often has remarkable and fast-acting benefits but is seldom a “one and done”. Ketamine therapy’s benefits are best sustained by combining ongoing treatments with support and lifestyle changes. While most experts agree on the value of this approach few if any, ketamine infusion clinics are committed to providing this type of holistic support to their patients. Here at Ketamine Wellness Centers our expert Health and Wellness Coordinator is ready to work with you every step of the way to track and fully support your continued wellness and be a resource for you as you manage any issues or roadblocks that may come up.
FTS – A Personalized Treatment Support Plan
Just like your ketamine infusion treatment plan, your FTS plan is also tailored to fit you exactly.
The FTS program is a series of six, one-on-one telehealth sessions with an expert Health and Wellness Coordinator. This allows you to work together and shape the program to meet your specific needs. The series also has a specialized companion workbook for you to use during and after each session.
FTS equips you with tools and skills to help you understand your treatments, be more resilient and handle life’s stressors.
What you will learn:
- ways to still your mind, relax your body and be present in the moment
- techniques to discover self-awareness
- how to set attainable goals
- how to reframe negative thoughts into positive thinking
- how to build confidence and focus on your strengths