What Do You Do To Make Yourself Feel Better?

February 7, 2010 — 7 Comments

There was a time when my way of making myself feel better involved numbing myself… usually into oblivion. That was pretty much my go to answer for every situation that I encountered that made me feel… well just feel.

It’s been a long time since I have used drugs to change the way I was feeling, 2 years this coming Monday as a matter of fact. In this time, I have still had all the same things that life throws at you, I’ve just avoided using to change the way I feel. But when you are having feels of doubt, feelings of pain, anger, sadness… what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Me? I have found that writing helps me. If I sit down and just get everything out of my head and onto paper, I feel a sense of relief. Once I’m able to look at my thoughts and feelings on paper… nothing ever seems as bad as it did in my head. This blog helps out a bunch too but as honest as I try to be on here and as deep as I try to dig… I find myself holding back from time to time. It can be pretty hard to be 100% forthcoming when you know that family and friends can read it.

But when it’s just me alone with my personal journal I feel the freedom to write whatever is on my mind. It’s a good feeling and it really helps me a lot. One of the ways that it helps is by allowing me to really get to the root of some of my anger and fears. It’s much easier to talk to other people about these things after you have an idea of what the true meaning behind your feelings are.

While I think that writing is a huge help, I don’t think it replaces talking to other people about your problems. Sometimes you need to know that someone else can identify with what you are going through. It helps you to see that you are not the exception but more the rule. People are pretty similar when you strip away all the bullshit and it’s good to be reminded of that every once in a while.

I guess the gist of this post is to say that writing and talking make me feel better. Wow… what an epiphany πŸ™‚

7 responses to What Do You Do To Make Yourself Feel Better?

  1. I love how you help me to understand that it is okay to feel. I know in my early days of recovery, I would be out of my mind with feelings and not really understand what was going on. I did not realize that I used my addiction to mask the real feelings. I suppose it is the whole living life on life’s terms without being drugged and indisposed. Thank you for the epiphany!

  2. you’ve been nominated for a LEMONADE AWARD!! Go to my blog and you’ll see what the deal is. It’s for ppl who have a positive outlook and tend to make lemons, you know, when life hands them…well, lemons. πŸ™‚

  3. Hello,

    I am going thru the withdrawals and I have realized the best thing is sleep, rest when your body tells you to.

    I don’t know how to use this web-site and post this, but can you help me? I just spoke to my Dr. and I told her about this web-site. She said its very important for everyone to ask their Dr. to do a “adverse drug event” with there cymbalta reps! they take it seriously and this is the only way cymbalta, FDA, Docs will know what we are all going thru. Because my Dr. is very surprised of my withdrawals symptoms and she works for a pain management clinic. She only had one other guy, last year, with these withdrawals and she reported it and is going to report my symptoms with cymbalta. Please let them know, change how Cymbalta must market this drug! let everyone know what can happen when going off…and how bad it actually is!!!Thanks for your help. Jodie, Aurora Colorado

  4. smoking crack would do it for me earlier but now I work out, play ball or think about how I have completed college now and am now doing reasonably well in my job as an investment adviser in a large bank. Hell, I would have been doing particularly well if it wasn’t for this damned recession. Oh well it will go away some time πŸ™‚

  5. Tahnks for the post.
    I think it is very important to write and talk out your feelings. Sure, yeah, sometimes they seem so silly when you talk about them, but then there are times the other feelings are serious and you need to get them off your chest! Keep up the good work

  6. Congrats on 2 years clean! It gets better. (“It” being you.) πŸ˜‰

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