STEPS TO FREEDOM
I'm at the stage in my recovery where I feel ready to look at stepping out into the big bad world on my own. I'm not comfortable with it but I'm willing to give it a try.
I've been isolated in my home for a number of years, progressing to being able to go outside with my family, but never on my own - until now.
Its been really difficult to face my fears and anxieties. The barriers that I have put up to prevent me living an independent life, have not only affected me but my family as well.
Support is vital. If you have someone who is there for you, who understands what you are going through and is willing to help you, it's so important. I am very grateful to my family and all the people who are supporting me through the bad times and the good times too.
Here are a few things that are helping me at the moment:-
I plan my journey (bus/train times, contact details etc.)
I break my journey down into small steps that I can manage.
I have distractions e.g. listen to music, use my phone, count cars - anything to take my mind off the journey.
I acknowledge that there may be times when it doesn't work out, but that's ok.
Accepting that it will take time and effort - it won't happen overnight.
I'm only at the beginning of my journey but I now have hope. I now think that maybe there is a tomorrow.
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