The Journey of Recovery
It is a continuous challenge for anyone living with a health condition, may it be with regards to physical or mental health. This health condition you may be experiencing right now has a profound effect on you. This is a devastating life changing experience. This can cause a person to feel anxious, depressed, fearful, detachment, and may experience mood swings. The person experiencing this may have the need to want to turn back the time to how things were prior to the condition. However, this is impossible. What is possible is to move forward. Moving forward is a journey towards recovery. Every human being wants everything done fast and snappy but the journey to recovery is not a sprint. It takes a lot of effort and hard work. Every person has their own journey for recovery. However, this journey has the same process.
There is Always Hope
There is not an aspect of one’s life that has been left untouched by the health conditions you are in. Most especially mental health conditions. These mental health conditions may have been triggered by stress, traumatizing events, and abuse physically, mentally, or sexually. Mental health can terrorize a person and leave him or her damaged and drowning in sorrow. Even one’s ability to perform daily tasks may be affected. The feeling of hopelessness and anxiety may be felt. Once it sticks to one’s mind it stays and can impact you in more ways than one. However, what most people who are experiencing mental health problems do not know is that there is always hope. It might seem as the end of the world but when in fact it is not. With the right help and support from the people around you, little by little recovery will be obtained. Finding hope in the midst of despair may seem a needle in a haystack but a possible one. It may be a challenging journey with a thriving and enriching ending.
Recovery is Always Possible
When finding out that there is hope, recovery follows. To some, recovery may be identified as the person is no longer at the mercy of the condition, the change of perspective, turning point, or the acceptance of his or her condition. There is no universally accepted plan or form to identify recovery. Books like Perfect Flaws, Snake Riddles Poetry, and Trained in Hell, Living in Heaven by Segrest, Tim is his means of coping up and journeying to recovery from PTSD. Writing these books allows him to express his thoughts and emotions which are his therapy towards recovery. The journey to recovery may vary from person to person. The journey can have ups and downs, even zigzags and holes as you go down the path of recovery. It is not a steady path but rather a path with ups and downs, setbacks, and brand new discoveries.
The distress brought by the diagnosis coupled with the losses can be overpowering. One needs to find the tenacity to stop surviving and start living. Once the determination is there, that is when the journey to recovery commences. The journey to recovery will be a struggle. One may even revert back to old ways and that is okay. The journey is a long road with roadblocks. If you take a step backwards then make sure to double the steps you take to move forward. Take one day at a time. The journey to recovery requires a lot of patience, dedication, commitment, and willingness. Never condone yourself but rather show compassion and empathy towards yourself. The symptoms and changes may still be there but as you move forward slowly it changes for the good. When one is stuck with a habit, change can be daunting and overwhelming. Recovery does not only mean getting better but also acquiring a satisfying life.
Learn to Accept
After recovery, acceptance is inevitable. Acceptance does not only entail to you but also to the people that surround you. When one experiences mental health problems, it does not affect only one person but also affects others. It can be hard to go back to your old ways before the mental health conditions. It takes time, opening up, and a lot of acceptance. Acceptance plays a great role in one’s recovery. The absence of acceptance will cause more pain and struggles from your condition. Avoidance is momentary. Avoiding the truth may work for the meantime but not for the long run. Accepting the truth enables you to seek appropriate support in place. This lessens the chances of relapse. Acceptance also entails being honest to yourself. Coming to terms with your condition means letting go of the tug-of-war control over your thoughts and feelings. Be honest with your experiences to truly accept where you are right now in order to move forward for the better. Acceptance is transformation and progress. Learning to accept the pain, your relationship towards other people will prosper and changes in your daily life are observed.