Aids to Recovery
You will have good days and bad days, negative thoughts and positive thoughts, moments of peace and moments of turmoil. Celebrate the good days, enjoy the peaceful moments of solitude and reflection, and write down positive thoughts so you can remember them. Keep in mind that healing and recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.
One key to a positive recovery is to resume your responsibilities and activities gradually, and with confidence. Although these responsibilities and activities might be different than in the past and take on a whole new meaning, they allow you to make progress and contribute to the success of your recovery. So ask yourself, “What have I always wanted to do with my time? Are there interests I want to pursue? How can I turn this situation into a positive one that makes me feel good about myself?”
Keeping a journal allows you to express your feelings and develop an inner peace about your condition. Journaling is also a good way to monitor progress of certain cognitive functions, like handwriting, language, and storytelling.
If you are unable to write, use a recorder or ask a friend or family member to be your “scribe.” This will be therapeutic for both of you. Other ways to express your feelings are through poetry, song, painting, and meditation.