Coping with a relapse in mental health…

Relapse can have a profound effect on anyone who experiences it. Whether that is a relapse in self harm, substance abuse, eating disorders. There is no right or wrong way to deal with it and your way of coping is going to be tailored to your specific needs. Handling a relapse, of any kind, can seem almost impossible after you’ve put in all of the hard work to go into recovery and “get better”. Recovering from the initial problem is hard enough but feeling like you’ve failed, makes it even harder. However, going into full recovery is one of the best feelings you can experience.

Struggling so long with these troubles can have such a tiresome effect on an individual. It can make you feel as if you need to give up. “Whats the point?”


Not giving up gives an individual a sense of purpose, a sense of worth, and a reason to keep going. Even the smallest idea of recovery can bring the tiniest piece of light into a person’s life and sometimes, that is all that is needed.

“I’ve got shame, I’ve got scars that i will never show. I’m a survivor in more ways than you know.”

I believe that this is so important. Your scars will never define you and even if you do have a bad day, that is okay. Its okay to not be perfect all the time and let yourself slip. It’s never worth giving up on yourself or letting your mental illnesses beat you, but a key part in recovery is acceptance and acknowledging the fact that you have this illness.

So if i could say one thing to you all today,

Do something nice for yourself. Take your dog for a walk, read a book, stick on your favorite film, ring an old friend for a chat. Be kind to yourself, and stay strong.

Chloe x


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