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The body holds a lot of unconscious blocks to the healing process and here I’m listing just a few.
Benzo withdrawal activates the stress response and this response is far more intense than ‘normal’ anxiety due the chemical imbalances that Benzos have created. Changing some bad habits may help the recovery process be easier and less traumatic for you. All sorts of fears are going to surface as you make your way through but being ready for them and not overreacting can help them pass quickly.
Emotions (feelings that cause reactions)...frustration, overwhelm, irritation, anger, blame, helpless, hopeless, worry....
Limiting Beliefs (subconscious statements we hold about ourselves)...I can’t heal, I’m worthless, I’m not good enough, I’m a failure, there’s something wrong with me, I’m not important, I’m not lovable, I’m all alone, life is hard, I’m unsupported, nobody is as sick as me, I’m too old, I took Benzos for too long....
Bad Memories (unhappy or traumatic experiences from the past)...accidents, surgeries, being bullied, the death of family members and friends, a difficult childhood, physical or mental abuse, being polydrugged, hospital experiences, being disbelieved by doctors as well as family and friends....
Bad Habits (things you may do consciously or subconsciously)....saying “I can’t”, body checking for symptoms, focussing on what you don’t want i.e.”I don’t want to feel like this any more”, negative self talk and thoughts, searching for answers and asking why, eliminating more and more from your diet, overthinking, Googling, comparing yourself to others, complaining to others, looking for a pill every time there is a new symptom, blaming the outside world for your sickness, being scared of new illnesses, blaming your relationships, scared to be sociable or to go outside, the list here is endless and you could add your own...
We are all guilty of many of these things as they are a natural response to what we are going through. Recognising them for what they are will help a little and prevent getting stuck in the stress response.
We are the masters of our minds and only we can help change happen. Yes there are chemical imbalances, perhaps nutritional deficiencies, perhaps other illnesses, even life pressures but even here our reactions and mindset can help deal with them and not let them hinder progress. Love and peace of mind help create beneficial healing energy in our bodies.
Benzo withdrawal can be a difficult and confusing process and all sorts of emotions etc are going to surface but knowing this and being prepared is one way to keep as calm as possible while healing happens,
You will find peace, health and happiness again so let all these blocks to healing flow over you and don’t let them take hold because you are going to be ok. 💖
Never doubt your own strength because you can do this. All of you here maybe at a different stage of your journey to benzo freedom but you are all getting there in your own way.
Don’t doubt your ability to do this even if you’re still in the foothills and just deciding how you’re going to climb that mountain to reach full health. You can do this, however weak and scared you may feel now.
Don’t pack up all those fears, concerns, worries, possible symptoms and take them with you to slow you down, leave them behind, set yourself free and start climbing. There are many here climbing beside you who will help pull you towards the summit until one day that exhilarating view of the scene below will greet you. It’s well worth the climb.
I came on to the group this morning to find several posts listing symptoms. Please remember you are not your symptoms but someone experiencing an illness that is way beyond our understanding. Whatever is happening in your body the real you still exists underneath it all and is waiting to emerge. Don't give these horror symptoms the time of day or you'll think you have just about every illness diagnosed and labelled by mankind.
Everybody experiences this differently. We may have permutations of the same symptoms but how we react to them and the amount of fear we attach to them is totally individual and dependent on genetics, personality, traumas in life and so forth. We support each other in the knowledge that we're individuals and whatever is happening in ourselves we have to give as much positive reassurance as we can to those alongside us in this.
Symptoms cause us to look inwards and even other people's symptoms cause us to look inwards to see if we have these as well! I know I've done this myself in the early days. In order to distract from what's going on in our bodies it's good to try and focus outwards, perhaps on all that we can be grateful for in life, on the beauty of nature, the warmth of the sunshine and so forth. I know and understand how difficult this is but I'm also aware that the symptoms we experience are transient and can be made more intense by focusing on them.
With lots of positive input, gentle reassurance and love the brain is helped to readjust and return to normal functioning. In the meantime it's going to throw up numerous, inexplicable symptoms as it attempts to get all the neural pathways functioning normally again. It can be a nightmare and a test of endurance for the strongest of us but it can also be helped along the way by acceptance and not fighting this rebuilding process. When these pathways have been firmly established and we realise full health again then life will be better than we can imagine.
My Love to you all and may all your symptoms fade away to reveal the new you as quickly as possible. ❤️