Recovering from mental ill health doesn’t just mean getting better, but it also means achieving a full and satisfying life, having hope and finding strength within yourself enabling you to accept you for the person you truly are.

It’s been know that people have struggled throughout their recovery explaining it wasn’t so straightforward or what they expected it to be. People have recorded that they didn’t imagine there would be so many ups and downs and that new discoveries would be found and setbacks would occur. It is true, it’s no ride in the park and like anything from course work at college, to dieting, nursing a fracture to facing the challenges mental health throws at us, we will never do it perfectly. It’s no plain sailing.

“You’ll never learn by expecting a perfect shot”

It’s over time when it begins to look possible when looking back and despite the hesitating progress, the obstacles we challenge ourselves with and all the discouragements, it’s only then you identify how far you have come.

Each time we reach an achievement, we see that we have recovered a piece of our lives that allows us to draw new strength from it. The journey to full recovery is known to takes time, but personally I believe recovery will always be part of my life, it will always be ongoing, however positive changes will occur throughout my journey.

“You are the expert of your own life”

It’s during your journey you need to be in the right mindset, you need to want to change your abilities, you need to have the want to adopt to the reality of life and know whatever direction you take you will always need to make a change that will better you, your mental health and well-being and whilst being in this mindset, ground yourself, prove yourself wrong and self-care, be optimistic and have hope. You can find hope in anything.

The pain of mental illness can be overwhelming, yet the determination will test your strengths and weakness and that thought may tell you to stop surviving. In my opinion, a weakness is just an airborne energy and to want change, you need to survive, you are the survivor by simply trying. Once you gain the knowledge to accept you as a person and learn of your worth; it’s then you will start gaining back life, a new beginning piece by piece.

It’s important to realize at the beginning of your journey that it is vital to find support from people who understand what you’re going through. Speak with family and tell them how you’re feeling and what you are doing, ask openly for support. Socialise with friends, explore nature, talk to others in recovery, talk to those professional within the mental health services, speak with peer supports and don’t forget your GP. There are thousands of helplines, charities and support groups that are available to us all. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, asking for support shows your strength.

Medication is also key, if you are on medication to treat your mental health don’t stop without a healthcare professional input. If you haven’t had medication, speak with your doctor if you think you need it, but also keeping in mind that recovery can be done without medication.

Maintaining stability is the aim of the game. It’s the best treatment only you as an individual can create. It’s the best goal of treatment.

“Know your worth, hold your own power, be you.”

Preach to yourself that having a mental health diagnosis is not the end of the world and that we can all fall ill at any given time. Don’t look at your condition as a problem. I despise that saying “mental health problems”. It’s that word that stops people from opening up, having a problem isn’t an issue but the stigma around it seems to be. By changing your wording can make a huge difference to your health.

You can overcome anything, nothing is impossible with the mindset of believing in hope. Achieve your life’s ambitions, set aims and goals and challenge yourself to new hobbies, meditate often and journal your recovery, listen to nature and show gratitude to the things you’ve achieved before and everything you have. What helps my recovery is not to hate myself, not to punish my suffering that occurred and have faith in myself. I accept what I have experienced, yet I am able to learn from it. Life is manageable if you allow it.

Our understanding of mental illness is much better today than it was in the past. We know that there are different illnesses that require different approaches to treatment. New medications and new types of therapy improve the chances of successful treatment plans.

We’ve discovered a lot about how people overcome recovery and lead full lives, but every recovery is different, don’t base yours on someone else, just trust in yourself. You create your own destiny that will open the doors to your universe.

“What you think, you create. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you become.”

Remember to have hope, this is the most powerful tool anyone can hold. Hope during recovery is our inner desire to accomplish a well balanced life whilst embracing the beauty of humanity showcasing the best version of yourself.

The more active we are in understanding mental ill health, ignoring the stigma and by talking responsibility for our own care. We all have to take responsibility for ourselves, but that doesn’t take away the fact that we also have a duty of care to look out for one another, friend, family or stranger. Reaching out and talking to someone gives us a bigger chance of making new gains in mental health that give us greater reason to accept hope in away we are able to promote it.

Embrace life, be the best version of yourself and remember nothing or no one is perfect, but we are all human and good enough. We are all unique.


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