Well today’s post is again a question that people ask on forums and one question I asked myself over the years.
The reason people with little or no information get worse is that they know nothing else but to fight this damn thing, they feel it is their only way out when someone does fight the illness re-invents itself. But it is a lack of information from the people they first seek help from that causes people to go down this path of bewilderment, worrying and fighting how they feel.
For colds we know to just lie up in bed and it will take care of itself. For a broken leg we need a pot and realise we have to wait a few weeks before it gets back to normal, the list really is endless and we know the procedure and don’t concern ourself’s too much and trust in our bodies own healing powers to bring us through. Well with anxiety I did not receive any answers, most people don’t, so we are more scared and bewildered than ever and more than that we have no idea how to make our self better, so we go down a road of constantly trying to rid ourselves of it, this then has the opposite effect and we begin to feel worse, so we fight and worry even more, yes that was me and many others.
This would be the conversation with someone who understands their condition and someone who does not. I would say to the person who had little insight into the way they felt.
“So what have you done today”?
“Well, I woke up and felt sorry for myself as the damn thing was still there. I spent my day worrying about how I was feeling, I got frustrated and spent my whole day trying to do something about it”
“How do you feel”?
“Emotionally and physically drained and more confused than ever, I just seem to be getting worse”
The second person who understood their condition would go something like this
“What have you done today”
“Anxiety wise, nothing at all, I just got on with my day and gave my mind and body a rest, I also understand why I feel like I do and it does not hold the same fear, I just see it more as a feeling that will pass when left alone, so don’t feel the need to do anything about it”
I was the first person and then in time turned into the second person. There is nothing special about anyone who recovers, its just understanding. I can’t get across how bad I was to anyone who thinks they were worse than me. I feel I had a very good understanding of the condition and knowledge really is power. People are understanding more and more and improving. I have more to say, but I don’t want to bombard anyone with too much information. We are reversing something that did not come overnight and my recovery took time, a lot of ups and downs, it was not all plain sailing. So don’t think you are unique or that others will come through and for some reason you won’t. I have heard this so many times from people as they never see themselves feeling normal again, I always say “Yes and you probably never thought you would feel like this”.
All I want people to do is understand more and not demand anything of themselves, you can’t force normal feeling, you have to let it come to you, which it will in time. If I had one thing that really brought me home, it was the lack of demanding anything or trying to rush my recovery, I just went with it, however I felt at any particular time, took all setbacks on the chin and just became happy with the progress I had made, I never tried to scramble back to the person I used to be, this is a mistake some people make they think they have to feel perfect, even demand it of themselves, this again leads to them fighting their condition.
Hopefully, there is something there for everyone. Also please do feel free to keep the positive post below going, I feel it really helps hearing good news and brings a lot of positives to the table.