What to Expect

Stage Three – The Recovery Phase

The recovery phase takes place when you start positively changing the way you think or the way you act. You might not even notice it, but your sense of humor starts to come back and you feel more comfortable in your surroundings.  To get to the “Recovery Phase” stage, it really helps to get involved in healthy or social activities. 

When you are in this phase, always tell yourself “Aniguurniarmijuq – All things come to a pass”. You have to remember that all things are temporary and getting through “sucky” parts is a part of life. It’s an important life skill to be able to cope with negative feelings or circumstances.

Some things you might help you recover are:

  • GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. It’s so important to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep to feel fully rested. You’d be surprised how awesome you feel when you sleep well for a week. Just be careful that you’re not oversleeping.
  • Eat well! If you don’t know how to cook, there are lots of places that can help you learn, such as an Aboriginal Friendship Centre.
  • Exercising – even something simple like going for a 15-minute walk will help you feel better about yourself.
  • Talk to family, friends, teachers or counselors about how you’re feeling. It might help to get the weight off your chest or have a second opinion on what changes you could make.