We live in a crazy world and it always feels like there are a million things happening at once. It can be hard enough staying focused on the simple things at the best of times, let alone the big things. When something we’re trying to achieve has an end goal or target in site, but that target seems to far away, it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus and, ultimately, lose hope of achieving that goal.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint
It’s even easier to lose focus with recovery from mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. You know that your end goal is recovery, but it can seem so far away, and the depression gnaws away at you every day, constantly telling you that you’ll never reach that goal.
But you will. You have to remember that recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. Your mental health issues didn’t come about overnight, and so you won’t fix them overnight. You’re going to have days when you lose focus, give up all hope, and think about packing it all in. But these are just blips.
You’ll have days when you’re feeling better, and things seem to be looking brighter again. Hold onto those days. Weather the storms, ride out the waves, stay focused, and you’ll get to recovery. Don’t put a time limit on your recovery. Just stay focused, and you’ll get there.
Meditation is a great way of stepping back from yourself and mentally checking where you’re at, as well as helping to renew your focus. It doesn’t mean running off to a monastery in the mountains and fasting for 20 hours a day, it can be as simple as 10 minutes of deep breathing exercises a day. Something like Headspace is a great place to start.
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