I think self care plays a big part in it. Proper rest, doctors, school, education is good, going to college, having a trade. Once you've established some sense of self-esteem, then one can go back into a course of getting off of disability, or having a job that compliments your disability, or Social Security checks that come in.
I'm in a position where I'm a painter for a gallery. Having goals is a wonderful thing. My dream is to paint for a Chelsea gallery on a big level and no longer being on disability or Social Security. But, at the same time, I still work. This is my job, this is what I do for a living. And being goal-minded is a great way to recover from schizophrenia: being goal-oriented, being driven and having a drive, keeping your mind as fresh as possible.
It's all about loving yourself, because if you don't love yourself, really. Nobody is going to do it for you, because today's world is consistent on people who are very into themselves, and the only way you can put out energy towards others is if we have a self love our ourselves. I'm not talking about being egotistical, arrogance, or putting down other people. I'm just talking about a genuine love of the self, as far as being empowered to the point in which you can interact with the world today, to interact, to take care of yourself.
You're doing personal hygiene, you're doing personal thinking processes, you're able to be an important part of the community, I think that that's outstanding. I'm not saying I'm a saint, but I do work on my imperfections, to be aware of many facets is a way to be alive, if we're aware of our behaviors. Today's day and age is amazing, today's day and age is amazing, so we have to be amazing as well, if we're going to make it, and you have to work that much harder if you have a mental diagnosis.