Recovery ~ time and money issues

Recovery times are immensely variable.  Some people are able to bounce back after a brief interval while for others may be in it for the long haul.  Sometimes it's possible to understand why things affect us deeply and at other times it isn't.  If you're reading this, you are very likely casting about for ways to cope with the longer version.

From what I've been able to find out there is no fixed time frame or definable route for recovery of this sort.  This is another aspect of Wasteland experience which can be immensely frustrating and humiliating.

The important thing is to be realistic and not to expect to be 'back to normal' within a schedule that you think should be sufficient.  If you do so you may be setting yourself up for defeat and the sooner such expectations are relinquished the better.  Take it as it comes: if you get back on track in short order, great; if you don't, you won't be beating yourself up about it.

Time is money, especially when we are deprived of our usual income.  My strenuous advice it to take all possible steps to protect capital and assets by reducing costs and getting as much welfare aid and concessions for yourself as early as possible.  Do what you can to seek out ways of living within the confines of whatever your new circumstances happen to be.

No one intends to be unable to work for long stretches and it certainly is humiliating to have to ask for help with income and cost concessions but in the long run taking these steps earlier rather than later may mean you are considerably better off in the long run.

Another reason for getting assistance is that it will help reduce the stress that comes with worrying about how to make ends meet - and of watching valuable assets melt away with the passing of time.

Without an income that is comparable with the usual wage one is on another footing in society altogether.  At the beginning of the recent recession the media was full of reports of people being fearful of losing their jobs and their incomes, but it's not the end of the world, not in New Zealand anyway.  It's a challenge to manage but not impossible.

I've had to learn to live and run a household on a greatly reduced income and to also shift my focus and hobbies to a whole different level.  In the other Rushleigh Chronicles I share some of how I've achieved this which I hope will be helpful to others.  Good luck with it.

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The acute phase of convalescence ~ dealing with practicalities

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