Feeling My Feelings

Recovery is no easy feat. Whether it's battling a behavioral addiction like compulsive gambling or emotional addiction like constantly seeking validation from others, or struggling with substance addiction, the road to recovery is a challenging one. But fear not, my fellow Benched Sinners, for there is light at the end of the tunnel (and no, it's not the blinding light of yet another destructive habit).

I like to think of recovery as a journey, much like a road trip with some unexpected detours and pit stops along the way. And just like any good road trip, there are bound to be some hiccups and bumps in the road. But hey, those are just opportunities to learn and grow, right?

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One of the most important things to remember on this journey is to be kind to yourself. It's easy to beat yourself up for past mistakes and slip-ups, but remember that nobody is perfect. We are all human and we all make mistakes. So cut yourself some slack and give yourself a pat on the back for every small victory along the way.

Another key ingredient to successful recovery is finding a support system. Whether it's friends, family, or a group of like-minded individuals, having a support system can make all the difference. Having someone to lean on during tough times can provide much-needed encouragement and motivation to keep pushing forward.

And let's not forget the importance of self-care. Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is crucial in the recovery process. Make sure to get plenty of rest, eat well, exercise regularly, and indulge in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

One of the most profound changes I've experienced since getting sober is the way I now feel my emotions in my body, not just in my brain. Before, when I was using substances to numb my feelings, I was able to disconnect from my physical sensations and live almost entirely in my head. But now, with a clear mind and body, I am able to fully feel and process my emotions in a much more visceral way.

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It's a strange and sometimes overwhelming sensation to suddenly experience emotions in your body that you've only ever felt in your brain. I've had moments where I felt a tightness in my chest when I was anxious, or a sinking feeling in my stomach when I was sad. It's like my body is finally catching up with my mind, and it can be both exhilarating and frightening at the same time.

But despite the intensity of these physical sensations, I'm trying to see them as a gift rather than a burden. Feeling my emotions in my body is new....but I hope that it will help me to better understand and process these feelings, and has encouraged me to develop healthier coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult feelings.

So, if you're on the journey of recovery, know that it's not just about giving up substances—it's also about reconnecting with your body and learning to feel and process your emotions in a more holistic way. It may be uncomfortable at times, but ultimately, it's a crucial step towards true healing and lasting recovery.

So to all my fellow recoveries out there, just remember: recovery is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the highs and lows, learn from your mistakes, lean on your support system, and take care of yourself. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to a happier and healthier life. Cheers to the road less traveled!

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