Recovering from a major mental illness event takes time.
Here’s the thing. Firstly, the confidence that you once possessed is likely to have been sucked out of you. Rebuilding confidence takes time and only comes from reaching small milestones. Each one of these milestones needs to be acknowledged and treasured, to counter the setbacks that are sure to happen.
Secondly, social withdrawal is common amongst those with depression and anxiety. Getting back into the swing of things means rebuilding relationships and networks. Important friendships may have been neglected and it takes time and effort to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
Lastly, it takes energy – and there is never enough of that! Simple day-to-day events can be exhausting and you might wonder how you managed to get so much done in the past. Don’t expect too much.
Recovery from a major mental health event is a journey – where the desired destination may never be achieved. It requires courage to take each day as it comes, enjoying the moment and trusting yourself and the process.
Getting support from a coach can be one way to lighten the load. Find someone who can help you track your progress and remind you that you are on the right track. Celebrating success is important as well as having support in the low times helps.
I know. I am a Well-being & Transition Coach who has first hand experience with mental illness. My passion is to help others know how great they are already. Please contact me if you think I could help.
Remember, there is nothing you need to change. You are already awesome!