Hiya! Before I get started, I just thought I’d let you know I have an Instagram! Here you can see my day to day life (if that takes your fancy) and I’ll follow you back and have a nosy through your Instagram posts because I love doing that! My Instagram link is here or alternatively, follow me at @s.ophieharris!
If you know what song my title is from, then brownie points for you! I am not normally one for using song lyrics as titles but I heard this song and it prompted a blog post so I thought why not!
A lyric from this song that actually prompted my post is,
“there will be a day when you can say you’re okay and mean it”
It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside because of how true it is! There will be a day when your shitty days will be few and far between and your good days will outweigh them.
A question I see on social media (granted this is on my private not my public!) is that people question whether recovery is actually possible. Well I argue that YES you can.
Obviously it’s clear to say that recovery from a mental illness is completely different from recovery from a physical illness. When I sprained my ankle many many times, the recovery process was slow but within maybe 4 months, I was able to comfortably walk on my ankle again. Recovering from a mental illness is so much more different. It may be much slower, more difficult and relying on you to put the effort it. Whereas, a physical illness can almost always recover themselves without you prompting it (aside from a few physical illnesses).
I think a main reason why recovery from a mental illness is much harder is because you have to accept it first. With a sprained ankle, it’s much easier to accept something is wrong. You know you can’t walk on it so something is wrong, right? But when it comes to a mental illness, you have to accept that you will have to change your lifestyle for a long time if not permanently and that you will probably have to take medication or go through therapy.
Recovery is hard work. Like I said, recovery from a sprained ankle is pretty straight forward but recovery from anxiety (for example) may take months if not years. I’m not disputing that many physical illnesses take a long ass time to recover from but they are pretty straight forward, whereas with mental illnesses, what do you exactly do to help yourself? With a physical illness, the doctor will tell you “rest your ankle” and give you a list of ways to quicken the recovery process but with a mental illness, it’s entirely up to you what you do. Recovery is different for everyone so it’s not like you can follow a list of instructions from a doctor – you have to decide what’s best for you and your wellbeing. And this can be exceptionally difficult for many people who don’t know what’s best for themselves.
It’s important to plan for relapse but also to plan for success when you’re in recovery. Relapse because it does happen for some people. I’m not ashamed to say I have been through so many setbacks whilst being in recovery and that’s okay. What I’ve been doing lately is plan a little safety net for myself just in case and if I do relapse, then I don’t fall all the way to rock bottom. Success because it almost always happens. There will come a time during your recovery, where it won’t be called recovery anymore, it’ll just be normal life. And you’ve gotta plan for that because sometimes that can be just as overwhelming as relapse.
Anyway, I hope you have a lovely day and I hope your recovery process is a pleasant and easy one.