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It’s a well known fact that keeping the brain in a more positive frame of mind can help recovery while bombarding it with anything triggering will ramp up anxiety and consequently symptoms can worsen. However, I appreciate that sometimes it is necessary to seek reassurance for the multitude of strange symptoms.
So What Will Recovery Mean for You?
Here’s my list and please think of your own as well.....
❣️The brain will be freed from the benzo fog and cognition can improve quite dramatically.
❣️Memory will improve and names will be easier to recall.
❣️Anxiety will become a thing of the past as you learn new ways to cope with this without a pill.
❣️Natural sleep will return which is more restorative than a drugged sleep.
❣️Your days will be freed from the need to take a pill to control your feelings and actions.
❣️You will have learnt a lot about yourself, how you react with other people and how to lead a better and more aware life.
❣️You will feel loads more compassion towards other people and be able to help in a more understanding way having suffered problems yourself.
❣️You will never blindly take any drug or even supplement without full research into the actions these have in your brain and body.
❣️As a consequence of the above you won’t allow yourself to be conditioned by any advertising you are subjected to in your country.
❣️You will feel and look younger!
❣️You may even live a longer life free from any threat of dementia.
❣️You will be able to socialise and go anywhere secure in your own mind and body.
❣️You will be stronger, happier, wiser, more alert, more confident..........
You are doing this and are already amazingly strong for starting out on the journey to free yourself.
With Love ❤️
Sometimes we are so keen to help others that we forget the need to keep ourselves safe.
Everything in the entire universe ultimately is energy. It’s easy for somebody else’s negative energy to permeate our own and weaken us. I love this meditation which helps to protect our own energy while still sending out love to others.
As we recover we meet a lot of suffering along the way and people that need reassurance but please be aware of your own sensitivity and don’t let this break through your own energy field.
The glitter ball is a great analogy. Enter into it and let it shield you today while still reflecting love and support outwards. 💗
I’m sure many people will have experienced acute aggressive phases when recovering from benzos. You feel angry with everybody around you and may also hit out at those trying to support you.
When you have these feelings let time pass before you take any action as all too often once calm you can think more clearly and react in a more appropriate manner.
The emotions are in a turmoil and make you want to attack perhaps even those closest to you. Recognising this as yet another part of recovery is accepting the present situation and letting everything calm as it will.
Replace the anger with as much tolerance as you can muster! Breathe deeply if you feel hurt or wronged in any way, count slowly to ten and let the immediate reaction pass until you can think without emotion. All too often you realise that it was all a storm in a teacup and can be dealt with quietly and calmly.
The main message is not to do anything rashly and immediate which can cause you to do something you regret. Anger is part of recovery and you will learn to deal with it as symptoms calm over time.
Love and Healing ❤️
You’re going to be ok. Never give up on hope as it’s your best medicine of all. Never think any of this is going to be permanent as you’re healing all the time you’re freeing yourself of psychotropic drugs. Your body and brain will thank you for doing this.
When symptoms are raging ‘hopelessness’ is the dominant feeling as anxiety, depression, anger, sadness and a myriad of physical problems pull you deeper into despair. I know I’ve been there and believed there was no way out for me. But at the very centre of that hopeless feeling is some little grain of conviction that others have got through this so I can as well. This is why the despairing posts on the group in some ways help others not to feel alone or to feel any ‘different’.
Hopelessness can feel intense, lead to some scary thoughts but it is born out of frustration and fear and can’t be resisted as it’s part of the healing process. I can’t tell you to think positive, be brave or any platitudes like that but I can tell you that the little grain of hope, buried deep within and the reason you are putting yourself through all this, is going to grow into a sense of pride and fulfilment as recovery unfolds.
However hopeless you feel now you are going to be ok. 💗
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. 💖