The Slimy Pit

You get up and you fall down. You try get up a little faster, you slip down faster. You breathlessly grip yourself more however you seem to be in a vicious cycle, spinning round and around and around.

Sometimes days can feel like you are going through a slimy pit. You’ll get days when the surface is more slippery than others. 

What does this have to do with anything?

Recovery takes time. 

Recovery is tough. It can be powerful, exhausting and overwhelming. You need to take recovery slow and steady. If people say you can rush recovery or you need to speed it up a bit. They are WRONG. This is physically impossible; some people take longer than others and that’s ok. Whatever you are recovering from; mental illness or physical illness, not rushing recovery can determine the quality of your life for the future. 

Simiarly, taking a break from things whilst in recovery can be one of the most effective things you can take or do. Whether you are recovering from an illness of just life in general, sometimes taking a break for a while to recharge your batteries to recover can really help you become successful later on. Taking a break doesn’t mean you are weak or a failure. It actually gives you strength. 


  • Sometimes things can be overwhelming and you are unsure of what to do or how to react.
  • By stepping back you can analyse your thoughts and question what is happening, how you are feeling, why things may be too much or too little.
  • You can justify your plan of action after analysing your thoughts and feelings. 
  • You can take time to focus on friends, family or hobbies to take your mind off things that can be distressing.

It doesn’t have to be a long break nor a short one. It can be as long as you need, to readjust things and get back in place with a postie mindset. This why I feel my opinion on the speak of recovery is so important. 

In my own recovery, when I have taken a break I’ve liked to get involved with art projects, badminton or a new series or typically getting straight down to the library to get stuck into a new blog or book.

What things help you to take a break?

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