You can’t always be brave

It’s really hard to be fine all the time. For some, being fine takes a lot more effort than most realise, which naturally means that sometimes, you’re just too damn tired to do it.

Sometimes you’re just too damn tired to be fine. This is something that I’m finding really hard to accept and I’m not really sure how to be OK with it. I get so frustrated with myself for being that girl. I almost feel like I’ve made a name for myself for being the girl that leaves early and is always ill. The girl that doesn’t drink because she’s no fun. The girl that’s sick all the time. The girl that’s hard work. The girl that lets other people – and herself – down by not being able to do normal things because she has a disorder. I’m pretty sure some people think I’m insane and, to be honest, sometimes I feel like I am.

I spend a lot of time telling people that mental illness isn’t shameful and trying to help people to understand their minds and how to improve it’s health. That’s great and I enjoy it and I do think that, that is what you need sometimes, but sometimes you just have to be brutally honest. Sometimes you’ve just got to say it as it is; no sugarcoating. There are times when I do feel ashamed. I do feel embarrassed. I do feel like a let down. I do feel, sometimes, like I’m a bit crazy. I bloody hate that word – crazy – it’s no way to describe a person and anyway, it’s not accurate. I’m not crazy – that’s not what mental illness is – but sometimes I feel very different to others. I can’t do normal things.

This is relapse. When I think about it properly, the bigger picture etc, it’s quite clear that I’ve made significant progress over the past year or so in regaining control of my mental health and better dealing with situations that I couldn’t go near before. But let’s be honest, mid-relapse that’s not what you’re thinking about. You’re thinking about what a failure you feel, how embarrassing it is to leave another party early, frustration, guilt and how you’ve taken a million steps back when you thought you had it down. I really thought I’d cracked it. Maybe I have. Maybe I’ll wake up in the morning and feel better. Maybe in a few days I’ll be my usual self again and yeah, I probably will. Because that is was relapse is. It’s not a step backwards even though it feels like it really, really is. It’s a minor setback – it wouldn’t be recovery without it.

Anyway, the point I’m making is that yep recovery is great. It’s wonderful to gain a little bit of your life back every time you do something that you couldn’t before but that won’t always be the case. You won’t always be able to do things. Some days will be just as shit as they used to be. Some days I’m courageous and ready and will face whatever I need to and other days I just can’t. I’m tired. Some days I just can’t be as brave. Maybe one day I’ll be OK with it.



  1. August 26, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Hope you are OK, it sounds like you are really struggling at the moment but hang on in there. As you say yourself this is just a minor set back – just try to remember that for the next few days Hope you feel better soon xx

  2. August 26, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Hey Hannah
    Sorry to hear you’re struggling at the minute. The minds a wonderful thing isn’t it!!? I’ve had a right rough week, like you I can see and understand it’s a minor setback looking where we’ve come from but also like you, I’m fed up of telling people I’m not ok ! Recovery is a long process and tbh I’ll most probably be in recovery all my life! Like you say, it takes work – hard bloody work ! I wish we could be fine without the effort because when you have that day of can’t be arsed – for most people it’s a cba day and that’s it, for me it’s – I can’t be arsed so I’ll take a day off from my walks and other tools I use to keep me ‘well’ and it turns into negative thoughts and hiding away ! I’ve gone on a bit here ! What I’m trying to say is – “snap” I feel like this too, we know (hope) it’s a blip but still feels like there’s no end to these feelings !? Take care, all the best and keep sharing these posts because it gives others hope

  3. alittlekiran
    August 26, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I do think we are too hard on ourselves, especially in recovery. Progress should be celebrated no matter how little or how small even is you have to start from the bottom all over again. Be proud of yourself and know everyone is rooting for you xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  4. August 27, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    I completely understand this feeling, as someone who suffers with anxiety on a daily basis. I’m well into recovery now, and feeling better than ever (touch wood) but those days where I just can’t handle the world, I feel like such a letdown. I feel like I’ve disappointed people, I’m an inconvenience, the whole lot! But really, we’re none of those things and we’re just people trying to live our lives, and sometimes these things happen. Its not a bad thing, and you’re doing great – keep going!

    Lucy | Forever September

  5. thenorthleftblog
    October 14, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I’m really sorry, sounds like you’re having a rough time.
    However, thank you for writing such an honest post. I think it’s important to acknowledge this side of things x

  6. October 31, 2017 / 3:11 am

    It was a brave decision and everybody admired. In this colorful world, only brave people can live comfortably and happily.

  7. The Sad Effect
    December 3, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I understand the feeling of not being normal! I’m also in my early 20’s and writing about my own anxieties. You can find my blog here:

  8. April 19, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks Hannah…this inspires me to get writing my own journey on my blog. I’ve only written a tiny About Me so far. Any tips on stopping procrastinating?! Ad Astra, Bonnie
    p.s. if some people follow me I’ll feel I have to get writing – so if you want to please do!

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