My True Meaning of Mental Health Recovery

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?


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29 thoughts on “My True Meaning of Mental Health Recovery

  1. I agree 100%, but I feel many people out there are so focused on being completely liberated from their illnesses, that they bypass the option of acceptance. Sometimes, meeting that “mental illness voice” halfway can have dramatic, positive effects. Take care, be well, E

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  2. I admire you for being so raw and honest in this post. I am fortunate enough to never have gone through severe mental health issues but a lot of my friends and loved ones have. It’s hard to see them struggling on a daily basis even when they have “recovered”… To some extent (like you said). It is still very much a present factor in each of their lives because for better or worse, it made them into the person they are today. More power to them and to you for fighting your inner battles in a regular basis, I carry so much love and respect for people who have to go through so much so frequently. xx

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    1. Thank you so much!! I can imagine it’s such a struggle to watch people you love and cherish struggling with this stuff. I don’t even want to imagine it because it would make me feel guilty for forcing my family and friends to go through that haha. But thank you for reading my love x

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  3. 100% hit the nail on the head here. I am ‘recovered’ from my severe bout of anxiety / depression but I still have days where I need to shut down and reset my head. I’m more accepting of my ‘faults’ now though and try not to dwell on the bad days quite so much as I used to. Every day brings a challenge but I face it the best I can.
    Take care x

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  4. I totally agree with this. I think it’s important for people to remember that relapses do happen and are common, especially family members. I remember when it all started, everyone crowded around, offering their support, but now a few years down the line, no one really checks in anymore because they think it has resolved. x

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    1. Thank you. Definitely, I totally get you with that. It’s also a problem when you are somewhat recovered from self harm and you don’t do the stereotypical methods anymore, so everyone thinks you are fine. When really, all you’ve done is switch to a less obvious method. It’s annoying but I’m hoping people understand a lot more x

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  5. Mental health is definitely on going. I totally agree that it is easy to slip back into old ways of thinking but it is all about finding ways of managing it. Lovely post xx

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  6. I completely agree. I have suffered with anxiety and a bit of depression for over 10 years now. Whilst at the moment I would say I am “recovered”, I still feel like it’s a daily struggle to stay happy and positive. You’ve inspired me to write my own blog post on this to share my story. Thanks you for sharing your thoughts. Please check out my blog Sxxx

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  7. I really agree with this post, I think part of mental health is not necessarily that it is with you for life, but you can learn to adapat or learn certain behaviors that lean one way or another x

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