Mental health recovery is when you’re recovered from any debilitating mental health issue and typically it is no longer a burden to your daily routine.
I stand against that. I truly think mental health recovery still includes struggles or problems, whether that’s daily or weekly or however long the period of time is. But the main thing is you know how to overcome them.
For example, with my disordered eating, I would say I am recovered to some extent, but there are days frequently where my mind tells me to resort to past techniques of starving etc because that’s the only thing my brain knows. If I’m having days where my eating has been a bit scattered, my brain may try and tell me to stop eating or continue what I’m doing. True recovery for me is when I listen to what my brain has told me but still push it to one side and ignore it.
Many mental health issues come with a “for life” label. I’m not saying that’s the same for everyone because some people are lucky enough to recover and say that’s the end of the illness. Many people who struggle do have them for life and even if you class yourself as recovered, there is still going to be some aspects of it in your life. Like for me, my disordered eating voice is still rambling on in my head when I am faced with food or any form of exercise but it’s what action I react to that voice with.
It is so easy for the mental illness voice to control you and take over your life again but what’s much harder is you fighting it. Telling yourself that it is not going to control you and you are allowed to have fun or eat etc. That’s what I think true recovery is.
I hope this rambling made any sense because I just had it on my mind so I thought I’d whip up a post. This may not even be posted but if it did, HELLO! How did you find it? Did you agree with what I said? Did any of it make sense hahhaa?