Hey guys, I just wanted to talk about something really important today…recovery.

The recovery process is the hardest part of having a mental disorder, letting go of those comforts, getting extremely uncomfortable and being forced into the things you’ve feared for so long. That’s the thing about mental illness, it makes you believe you need it, it becomes a comfort. But we have to let go.🤍

I want you to remember that although this is the hardest part, each day is a step closer to full recovery. One day you will be free again, you will be happy. But I also want you to remember that recovery is NOT linear. There will be ups, downs and there may be relapse, but that’s okay. It’s all part of the beautiful journey to recovery🍃

So here’s what to remember when on your recovery journey (whatever that may be)…

1). Surround yourself with good people- You’re going to need extra support when starting your recovery journey. There’s going to be tears and a lot of hugs will be needed. Make sure you surround yourself with friends and family who understand and who care. You need some loving right now and you’ll definitely need a shoulder to cry on!

2). Take it each day at a time– When we start therapy/ medication/ a new treatment plan we often want to get on with it because recovery looks beautiful, but that’s not how it works. Like I say, this is the tough bit and you can’t rush the process. Recovery is not an overnight thing and it’s something that needs to be done with great care and attention. Take each day as it comes and don’t look back on yesterday or the mountain that’s ahead✨

3). Take extra care of yourself- I can’t stress this enough, please be kind to yourself. Recovery can be mentally, physically and emotionally draining so cut yourself some slack! Sometimes we have to give ourselves a little more love than usual! Run a bubble bath, put on your favourite show and switch off your phone🥰

4). Shy away from social media for a bit- this is very important, especially when recovering from something like an ED. It’s time to concentrate on you, and looking at others successes/ recovery stories can sometimes create a step back. This is your journey and no one else’s, right now you are all that matters and comparing yourself to someone else will only make things worse.

5). Find something/ somewhere to escape to- When things get too much or you want to forget about life for a moment, it’s important that we have our very own place of serenity…whether that’s a walk you like, a playlist you listen to, a meditation you carry out or the gym (that’s my personal place of escape). When I go to the gym I focus on me, my mind, my body and for an hour I forget about absolutely everything💪🏻

6). Remember how amazingly strong you are– Whatever you are going through, please know you are a warrior. Life is full of ups and downs, and let me tell you, the downs don’t last forever. I believe in you and I can’t wait to see you shine again!🧡

7). Try to be optimistic– It can be hard to do this sometimes, but remember, set backs don’t mean failure, they are just part of the journey. It’s going to be okay, I promise you. Keep going, you’ve got this!

Thanks so much for reading guys. I’ve had a tough week this week, mentally, but I have to remember to keep going. There will be good weeks and bad weeks but each week is a chance to learn and grow.🍃 I have set backs all the time but I never fail to remember how far I’ve come.🤍

Also please remember to enter my giveaway over on the love your mind Facebook page!💙 Happy Sunday all.

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