The Hurdles of Recovery

I love the recovery movement in mental health.  I am truly inspired by the many stories I hear about people reclaiming and redefining their lives.  I celebrate those who live with a mental illness and who are able to live, laugh and love.

But…there are so many hurdles to recovery and there just aren’t a lot of maps to show us how to get there.  And in my experience professionals may tell you that you can recover but they don’t tell you how hard it is going to be.

So what are some of the hurdles I have experienced?  My first inclination is to say everything!  But What I really mean by that is every aspect of my life was affected when my illness became debilitating.  It seems intuitive now to say, “of course all of your life would be affected.”  The thing is when you’re trying to rebuild and recover you start looking very closely at all the pieces in your life.  The good news is it makes you very aware when you explore each aspect of your life.  And the nice thing is when you are starting over you get to rebuild your life the way you want it.

This is not easy for people who don’t have a mental illness.  So herein lies a huge hurdle…recognizing even with a mental illness we are still human and we get to have all those challenges that simply come from being human.  Notice I did not say “normal,” just human.

My own personal hurdles are too numerous to put down in one short blog.  But I will say the one I found the most difficult to overcome has been a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem.  I have worked very hard to try and regain that but I am not gonna lie it is very hard.  Not impossible just difficult.

If you are on the recovery road I just want to acknowledge it is tough, but I also want to say it is so worth the effort.  And remember recovery is a lifelong journey.  Sometimes I take three steps forward and two steps back.  But I keep trying everyday and for the first time in a long time I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and realize the hurdles are getting a little bit smaller.

12 thoughts on “The Hurdles of Recovery

  1. It’s okay to take those steps back as long as you keep moving forward. I have found that at times mental health is about the journey and not the destination.


  2. Amy,
    Thank you so much for sharing. Just like you I am grateful for the recovery movement in mental health. Recovery is a difficult and is a life long journey. Being a human in recovery with mental illness is challenging because of the many hurdles we experience. This touched home for me because I just experienced a major hurdle so thank you again for sharing.


    1. Gertie…I am so glad you found the post helpful. It sounds like you really understand what recovery is and you are working your way everyday living in recovery. The thing about it is recognizing we will experience setbacks no matter who we are. But knowing this can give us the strength to keep plugging away. Thanks for commenting and I wish you the best on your journey.

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      1. Amy…Not only being able to recognize the setback but being get yourself back to where you were or better before the setback. That in itself is a major step in recovery.


  3. After the period spent in hospital, I found out that my self esteem was very low. But after that, besides being able to work part time, I was able to travel overseas, and that did wonders for me. Now I`m also attending a gym and buying some new clothes for me every month. Everything in moderation of course. I would like to say that everything in your post is really true. Thanks


    1. Marcia,
      So glad that things are going well for you. It is amazing how sometimes changing our scenery can help the recovery process. Can’t say enough good things about travel. Also glad you are using the gym as part of your recovery. Good for you! Thanks for commenting and best wishes to you!


  4. Hi Amy, lovely post. Optimism is catching sometimes. You have me looking forward to the end of the dark tunnel…


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