When I introduced the idea of the “We Made it” series I don’t think I emphasized an important part.
"Healing Is A Work In Progress"
But if you made it another day, you made it! PERIOD! Sometimes we don’t focus on congratulating ourselves. Especially when it come to strides in our mental health. And I say we cause I know I do it a lot. Sometimes when I go through a bad depressive episode and don’t get out of bed for days I don’t Congratulate myself the day I get up . Instead I get disappointed that I didn’t do more . And with a mindset like this , how do we ever fully heal? Sometimes we get a little too focused on the end goal that we don’t appreciate all of the moments throughout the process. The days we do decide to take a few steps back in our progress, we tend to feel like everything is ruined; but keep in mind...
"This Isn't a Linear Process"
You can’t expect to heal overnight. Whether it be depression or anxiety or any other thing affecting your mental health; it’s gonna take time. And it is going to have it's ups and downs. For example, think about a time when you hurt yourself! You don’t expect the cut/bruise to heal right away! It takes time, one day it might be getting better, the next day you might be scratching and accidentally tear the scab! The same patience you have with your body to heal, you have to have the same level of patience with your mind.
So what do you do?
Take it one day at a time. Listen to your body and see what you need. most importantly be proud of yourself every step of the way. Because you are amazing, and you are a WORK IN PROGRESS