Convalescing, recovering, time off, catching up, taking it easy.
All words for getting better that sound relaxing don’t they?
In reality, recovery is hard work. Often it comes at the point when you’ve tried to carry on with your plans and your normal life and discovered you can’t, either with pain, fatigue or distress.
But the problems don’t go away as soon as you begin recovery, especially if you’re dealing with a long term, chronic illness. Recovery often brings more pain, disrupted sleep, sometimes despair and low moods due to loss of income and isolation.
Recovery is hard work, probably harder work than normal life.