Well its been a while since my last post and sorry to everyone who follows my blog, I have been super busy and things will now be back to normal. I try and title the posts for people who may place these statements in the search engines, this way you reach more people. There is no point putting the word ‘advice’ as nobody will find it. So this is today’s title and something I have not covered before.
This post covers something that I went through and wanted to share with others, as I feel it is very important. When I was going through recovery, a couple of stressful things happened, day to day problems, that put me under a lot of stress and as my anxiety was always close to home, Bham! I was back in a setback. I can remember two very bad setbacks, as though I was walking a tightrope with my mind and also I was very anxious again, it was not a nice feeling. Now the first time this happened, I sort of hid away, did not dare put one foot in front of the other for fear of making myself worse, I thought about not going places.
Also I tried to think and fight my way better, which is never a good idea. In doing this, I felt like I was being swallowed up, this was obviously not working, so I changed tactics and lived my life as I normally do. I stopped tip toeing around, watching how I felt, basically being worried about it and how I could climb back up. I just got on with my day as normal, made breakfast, went for a bike ride, come back and made something to eat. Got up the next day and went to town and then went out at night. In all this I felt awful, I truly did not want to do anything, but sit and feel sorry for myself. But within a couple of days I felt like me again. The second time I had this kind of setback, I did the same again and although again I just wanted to hide away, I did not, I was wiser now, and again a couple of days and I was back to my old self. My stress levels had gone down and I was back to just having anxiety in the background.
Now this taught me a very important lesson, it was to help me all the way through my recovery. This lesson was not to be bluffed by how I felt at anytime, no matter what, I was not going to be bluffed by the way I felt and would just carry on with my day as normal. More than anything it taught me that to find normal feelings, you have to live normally and have normality in your day. Don’t hide away worrying, don’t worry that your mind races or care what it says. It taught me that the best way to come through a setback was just to be, the more normal living I crammed in, the more my mind and body caught up.
Don’t be bluffed into thinking you are back to square one, you are not. It the height of a setback, normality felt so far away, unreachable sometimes, but as soon as I felt better and my anxiety levels dropped, I could not see myself in a setback. This is the point, don’t be too impressed by how you feel at any given time, these times always pass. The more you go through these times then the stronger you become and the more belief you build.
Some people say they like to keep working, as it gives them this sense of normal living and helps and I agree it can, if you feel able to work, even if its just part time. Anything normal in your day helps. I used to go swimming and felt the oddest person on the planet, but kept going each day and in time I felt more and more normal, I was not going to sit at home feeling sorry for myself, trying to figure things out all day, I wanted normality in my day. Even now I spend a lot of time on-line as I have to through what I do, but I have to have time outs, to refresh myself and do other things, it brings a lot of normal living into my week and keeps my mind active and refreshed.
Hope that makes a lot of sense and helps people.