Finding an Outlet: The importance of stimulating your mind while recovering.

If you have or are currently going through the process of addiction recovery, you likely know all too well your brains lack of motivation upon cessation of whatever substance you were abusing. During this time, depression and complacency can wreak havoc on your mental well-being. When we stop abusing whatever chemicals we were stimulating our minds with, often times we are left feeling empty and without an emotional outlet. During this phase of my recovery I called this “the in-between”. I felt such a lack of motivation and interest in everything around me, the complacency was almost unbearable at times. I wrote an older blog post specifically about my experience with this if you’d like to give it a read: https://ahalfbrokenmind.com/2018/04/29/the-in-between/

Back to the topic of this post, when we are on the path of recovery we often feel left so empty; Left without an outlet for our thoughts and emotions.

For me, I originally started out journaling all of my thoughts; Whether positive or negative, I wrote them all down. Then, I decided to start this blog and through the process of writing these posts I can feel myself healing. It gives me an opportunity to completely lay my emotions, thoughts, and experiences on the table and by doing so it has greatly increased my mental well-being. It forces me to reflect on what I once was, focus on what I want to be, and also stimulates my mind by giving me an outlet for my emotions. Nearly every single day I re-read everything that I’ve posted; not to check for errors, but to reinforce the thoughts and ideas that I’m writing about and further help to impress them on my character.

I also listen to a lot of music, try to take as many walks as possible every day (I recently adopted a husky and she has a lot of energy), and read books. These are just a few of the things that I try to do every day alongside my blogging, and for me they have been tremendously beneficial.

I’m not saying that these outlets should be the ones for you, I’m just trying to say that finding a way to redirect your emotions and occupy your mind through recovery is crucial. For people dealing with addiction issues and depression, we tend to lose interest in the things we once cared about and enjoyed doing. My advice is to start there, think about your past. Think about the things that you used to find enjoyment and satisfaction in doing and try reclaim some aspect of your prior self by making them your emotional outlets. Or, go out and find something completely new; Try something that you’ve never done before. Try and find a way to occupy your mind with satisfying projects or experiences.

This is just my own personal opinion, but it has been extremely helpful for me, and I think it could be helpful to a lot of others as well.

My love and best wishes to you all.

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