Often, the term ‘recovery’ leads people to infer that you will one day return to your old self; same old normal you before all this mess began. Although, that’s not really what it refers to.
Instead of trying to get back to the normal you used to know, recovery is more about getting back to a new state of normal. On some level, ‘normal’ in the sense of the term you used to know, will likely never be the same again.
-and that’s ok!
Don’t get too caught up in the things you are limited from doing. That’s a million times easier said than done, but really, lamenting over these things is only going to break down your mentality.
In order to be considered ‘fully recovered,’ no one has to be jumping through hoops and dancing on the ceiling.
Recovery is not something that can be measured by comparing it to anything else. You can’t compare it;
- to other people’s recovery process
- with a deadline you impose on yourself
- or, how you functioned previously
That is all self-explanatory. If it isn’t, you are probably one of the people wondering why your recovery feels like it’s moving backward, and starting to lose hope in the process entirely. But don’t!
(These are some great reads to better understand this)
Recovery isn’t a straight shot from point A to point B and there is a lot of trial and error; figuring out what works best for you and what doesn’t fit you. Please be patient with yourself because I promise you the comeback is always better than the setback.