When Recovery Feels Like it is TAKING FOREVER and Will Never Happen

Eating disorder recovery isn’t a straightforward path; it’s a winding journey with highs and lows. The challenge lies in understanding that there’s no fixed schedule for healing.

In the latest episode of Fear Less, an audio series on The Recovery Warriors Show podcast channel, hosts Jessica Flint and Andrea Wells dive into the topic of time and timing in recovery, addressing the common feeling of impatience and doubt that can arise during the recovery process.

Unpacking the Feeling of Impatience

Jessica and Andrea acknowledge that it is a common experience to feel like recovery is taking forever.

You may feel as if you’re putting all your effort and energy into your recovery, only to feel frustrated thinking that the progress is slow or nonexistent.

Timing in recovery is a challenge, but know that these are valid concerns and that you are not alone in feeling this way.

The Long-Term Vision and Holding on to Hope

Recognizing the significance of maintaining a long-term perspective in the recovery process is essential.

It’s crucial to remember that recovery is a gradual journey that demands both time and patience.

Although there might be moments of discouragement, it’s important to hold onto hope and trust the process.

Keep in mind that the path to recovery is unique for each person, and progress may not always follow a straight line.

Embracing Patience

When it comes to the timing of recovery, remember that patience is your greatest ally.

It’s natural to struggle with impatience at times, but it’s crucial to embrace patience even when it feels tough.

The most important part, is to never give up.

Jessica Flint

Let go of the desire for instant results and accept that progress takes time.

Also, think of patience as a skill – in being that, it’s something you can develop and nurture.

The Puzzle of Recovery

You can also think of the timing in recovery much like working on a jigsaw puzzle.

At the start, it might seem like you’re searching for puzzle pieces without a clear structure or direction.

However, as you journey forward, those pieces gradually begin to fit together, and the picture becomes clearer.

There may be times when it feels like progress is slow, but eventually, momentum builds, and the puzzle starts to come together.

Celebrating Milestones and Looking Back

Instead of fixating on how far you still have to go, consider instead looking back at how far you’ve already come.

You can’t know the future, but you do know what you’ve accomplished already

Andrea Wells

Recognizing and celebrating small milestones along the way can help you build momentum and increase your motivation.

By acknowledging your past accomplishments, recovery will feel more achievable.

Maximizing the Present Moment

Embrace the present moment to its fullest potential, especially when navigating the timing of recovery in your eating disorder journey.

Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, concentrate on creating a present that aligns with your recovery goals.

Building a foundation for a healthy and fulfilling life now will pave the way for future success.


Recovery from eating disorders can often feel like a daunting and slow process, but Jessica and Andrea remind you to trust the process and not lose hope.

They encourage patience, celebrating milestones, and focusing on the present moment.

Recovery is a personal journey.

Each step forward, no matter how small, and regardless of the timing in recovery, brings you closer to your ultimate goal. 

Take a listen to the full episode, and remember, even in the most challenging moments, your progress is significant, and the journey is worth every step.

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