Fatigue During The Last Stage Of Anxiety Disorder Recovery

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated June 4, 2022

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Thanks to your great website, over the last year almost all of my symptoms have subsided. I’m so thankful.

But now, I find myself in the last stage of recovery where I feel exhausted, uninterested in any of my hobbies, and all I want to do is sleep (thankfully, now I can sleep).

What is the best way forward from here? Is there any way to speed up this last leg of my recovery? Should I rest as much as possible or try to continue on with life as best I can and wait for my recovery to complete?

Unfortunately, there is no good way to speed up the last stage of recovery. It’s going to take as long as it takes.

In the meantime, I suggest you carry on with life as best you can, tolerate the fatigue and uninterest, and wait for things to improve.

I don’t suggest laying around all day as the body needs to be active. Finding a good balance between activity and rest is preferred. Also, resuming a normal life as best you can will also make the transition from recovery to normal living easier and more seamless.

As long as you are containing well, aren’t creating anxiety by unidentified and unaddressed underlying factors, and erring on the side of deep relaxation, rest, and good sleep, your body will pull out of this recovery phase and will move toward normal energy and health. That’s typically how this last stage works.

Distressing about this recovery stage stresses the body. So, the more accepting you are of this last stage, the better. In time, you should see improvement in both your energy levels and interest in life.

While they may appear as brief bursts of energy and interest that subside initially, those bursts should become more pronounced and prolonged as recovery completes and stabilizes.

But as your body completes its recovery work, your normal energy and interests will return and remain. That should be your expectation.

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