When we’re in the midst of our mental health struggles, recovery may seem so far out of reach. Like fighting for it is impossible. But I want to tell you - recovery IS possible.
Before we get into the ‘why’, I want to point out something important about recovery. Recovery doesn’t mean you go back to how life was before you started struggling. It can’t. Through your journey, you’ve had different experiences and you’ve learned new things about yourself. So, in that respect, you can’t go back - but you can go forward.
Recovery is the destination. It seems so far away, but the things you learn on the way are what will help you throughout your life and help you stay recovered. You can’t rush the journey, constantly asking, ‘Why am I not there yet?’ It’s not something to rush, unfortunately, nor is it a linear journey. There will always be ups and downs, but it’s about knowing that this isn’t forever and that, while it’s an immensely challenging journey, it is so, SO worth it.
It’s also something that may not always be something we’re aware of, but look at where you are right now and think about how far you’ve already come. Be proud of that. It’s a bit like tunnel vision, we can get so focused on how much longer this journey to healing is, but not always taking the time to appreciate how much work we’ve already done.
Even after recovery, there are times when we have rough patches - that’s a part of life. But the tools and resources we gather along the way are what help us to seek help earlier and to fight for ourselves.
Know that, no matter where you are in your recovery, or healing, journey, it is possible and it is worth it. You can live the life that you deserve. A life where you’re able to do all the things you want to and not only feel at peace but free.
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