Jan 26, 2016

LET'S TALK RECOVERY



"Recovery is a process. It takes time. 
It takes patience. It takes everything you've got."

Bell, which is a telecommunications and media company, has a charitable program dedicated to mental health.They've been doing this for years, and we first heard about it a few days ago with #BellLetsTalk. They're just reinforcing the notion of breaking the stigma around mental illness, and as they say, "Talking is the best way to start breaking down barriers associated with mental illness."

We think it's so great that Bell is doing this, and has done this for a while, and the both of us strongly believe in talking about mental health. We've made quite a few posts about it, where we've spoken about our depression and anxiety. If you want to check out all of our posts about mental health you can check them all out here

Since we're always talking about what it's like for us to go through our mental illness, we thought it'd be appropriate to talk about our recovery for various reasons. We want to talk about what it's like to go through recovery, for those who need it and for those who don't suffer from mental illness but want to learn more about it. Also, recovery is really important and we want to talk about our experience with it and share what we've learned. 

Recovery is honestly one of the hardest things to go through.When people think of recovery they think it's simple and quick and it's like ripping a Band-aid out. And that's simply not true. It's hard and it's a lot of work. You need to be ready, and you need to want to get better. Everything is baby steps, it's getting out of bed when you really don't want to, it's finding it easier to breathe when you're out at social events, it's acknowledging the bad days and still trudging through. It's realizing that recovery is hard, but so is staying in the same place. It's realizing that all the hard work is worth it. Unfortunately it isn't something that you just wake up one day and automatically feel better, we wish. It's having to choose recovery, even on the worst days.

The second you take the first step and seek help, whether it's professionally or speaking to someone you trust about what you've been going through, it gets so much better. The thing with mental illnesses is that you don't really acknowledge that there's something wrong with the way you're thinking. You think how you're feeling and thinking is okay, and it's not. So when you acknowledge that, you start your road to recovery. But like we said, it's hard but it's worth it, every single day of it is absolutely 100% worth it. The bad days don't take away from your progress whatsoever, you need to experience those days. For us, those days just make us appreciate the good ones even more.

After recovery, you'll look back and realize just how far you've come. Your heart gets so much stronger, and when you have bad days you know they'll pass, you don't know how long but you know you will and that's what matters. We found a mantra online and it's just a simple thing to remember and to just say to yourself on those days "I am alive. I am here. I am trying. That is enough." Remember that you're stronger than you know and that seeking help doesn't make you weak. We promise, from the bottom of our hearts, it's so so so worth it.

Make sure you participate in tomorrow's conversation on social media using #BellLetsTalk and share your stories with others or simply to spread awareness! For every text message sent and mobile long distance calls made by Bell customers, Bell will donate 5 cents to a mental health initiatives. Not a Bell customer? No problem! Bell will also donate 5 cents for every tweet using the #BellLetsTalk and for every share of the Facebook image.

We really want to continue talking about mental illnesses and have been thinking of doing a series about it, or some kind of project and we'd love to hear from you! We'll be asking questions every now and then, and it's completely anonymous. Remember that your story isn't over yet and sometimes just getting out of bed is your biggest accomplishment and that's okay. We love you all and can't wait to hear from you! Let's break the stigma one voice at a time.



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