Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share, Week 3: The Art of Recovery

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Welcome to Off-Fridays, Week 3. This week’s theme is “The Art of Recovery.”

Last week several bloggers from the MH community came together to share what we are each celebrating. The Off-Fridays before that, the very first Off-Fridays, we collected nine beautiful and touching posts about mothers. This week, the theme is ‘recovery,’ and my hope is that Week 3 will be the best week yet! If you’re a mental health or mental illness blogger, or even if you just post occasionally on those topics, I invite you to join the discussion here on Off-Fridays and leave your link in the Mental Illness Blog Share! It closes next Friday, June 16th , afterwhich it converts to a recovery-themed link library that anyone looking for posts on recovery can browse! Leave your link today!

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What does ‘recovery’ mean to you? For some, it’s talk therapy every week. For others, it’s more specialized treatments, like EMDR, DBT, CBT, or somatic therapy. For yet others it’s self-care, daily yoga or exercise, avoiding certain foods or drugs. Some people measure recovery by “clean time,” or length of time between episodes. Others identify it by a feeling. Whatever recovery means to you, this is the place to share it.

Share your posts about therapy, healing, fitness for anxiety, getting clean from drugs, and anything else that you feel counts as ‘recovery.’ Recovery isn’t always positive. The healing process has its ups and downs. Sometimes we relapse; often we feel much worse before we feel better. Share your posts about any part of the recovery process, whether it’s the “much worse” part, the “feeling better” part, or anything in between.

I’m not a huge fan of rules, but these kinds of things work better when they have a few. I did my best to keep em simple and sweet. Here they are:

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If you need clarification about any of these rules, you can check out the new Off-Fridays rules page. I think the one that most people may not know is that you don’t have to reciprocate as soon as you leave your post. You have until the Thursday before the next Off-Fridays opens (in this case, June 22nd) to finish your reciprocation, so if you don’t have time to read the other posts now, don’t let that stop you from leaving yours now! Leave your link early so that we can read and engage with it!

You can sign up for Off-Fridays updates either by adding your name to my e-mail list, or following my Facebook page, but only e-mail subscribers get the awesome monthly newsletter!

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Without further ado, let’s get started on building this stigma-fighting MH community link-up! To join, click the button below (don’t worry, you’ll still be on Betty’s Battleground), and fill in your post info in the box you’ll see on that page. It’s super easy!

Off-Fridays is the NEW Mental Illness Blog Share. Week 3 is all about RECOVERY! Join us and help end dat nasty stigma!


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17 thoughts on “Off-Fridays Mental Illness Blog Share, Week 3: The Art of Recovery

  1. Great stuff. It’s so important to discuss mental health. The more it’s talked about the less stigma there’ll be in society. Fair play to you for your efforts in this regard

  2. It’s great that you and other bloggers are getting together to support one another and to share encouraging stories with others.

  3. It’s a really great topic to cover! And I’m really happy there’s such a thing as a mental illness recognition month. To be honest, it’s something that gave me some more thought about the topic as well. Thank you!

    • Mental illness can be really devastating to families if left untreated and unsupported. But if everyone involved (including the person themselves of course) takes action and is supportive, people can have great lives even while having a mental illness. In a few week’s I’ll be sharing a guest post from someone who was raised by a mother with (untreated, unfortunately) bipolar disorder

  4. Thanks for this post. Going to therapy takes a lot of bravery. It’s not just sitting on a couch, there’s a lot of hard work ahead.

    • Yes, Dee, that is very true. There’s also a lot more to recovery than just therapy. This isn’t really a “post” about that, but rather an invitation people to join my link-up with posts about therapy. I’d love to see you add a link

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