It happens to us all, we get sick, it’s part of the human condition that is ever in a state of flux. No, we don’t tend to like it too much, and, of course, we don’t have to surrender to always be this way. In fact, for many of us, a guiding force is getting well again. But there are some important things to remember when we are on our journey to recovery. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Focus on what is and not what used to be
A major problem for folks that are in recovery whether it’s from physical illness or a mental issue is that they look at their situation and focus on how they use to be. This is of course very understandable.
Getting ill or having an accident can be quite a shock to the system and it can play havoc with the self we used to identify with. But part of recovery is accepting that something has happened that limits your wellness in some way and that you will need to do things to get well again.
The essence of this is that you have to work with where you are right now, not with the memory of where you used to be. As this can stunt and limit your progress instead of helping you move forward.
Be stubborn with your goals and flexible with your methods
This is an important part of getting well again. It is completely reasonable to have set goals to work to as long as they are realistic. But don’t be afraid to try something new if what you are doing doesn’t seem to be working.
Remember there are all sorts of mental and physical therapy services out there. Run by trained professionals that have likely come across the issue that you are facing before. So you don’t have to do everything all on your own. You can enlist their support and facilities to help you make the progress that you need.
Another factor that is key is making a recovery from an illness is patience. Yes, this is hard because you want to be back to normal as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the real world doesn’t work like this, and many of us have a long hard road ahead of us to retain optimum health.
That is where patience comes in. It’s about doing all of the right things and continuing to do them even when you don’t see the benefit straight away. I admit this is a tough one for me!
Lastly, something that severely impedes your progress when making a recovery is forgetting to acknowledge your hard work when you have achieved something. It’s all too easy to be straight on to the next to next leg in your recovery, or the next goal that you want to get under your belt.
But actually it’s very important to acknowledge the hard work and effort both physical and mental that you have expended getting to this point. So if possible try and do something positive to reinforce and send that message to yourself. As it will help you remain motivated and make the rest of your goals easier to achieve.