First and foremost, thank you to all of you that follow my blog. I just recently started this website a little over a month ago and still have a rather meager following; But I appreciate each and every one of you; Along with that, I truly wish you all the best.
Prior to starting my blog I started a journal and was writing in it nearly every day and at the time the large majority of my entries were rather negative. If you haven’t followed my blog any, I started a benzodiazepine taper roughly 6 months ago. So needless to say, this last half-year hasn’t been the easiest time in my life.
In the beginning I didn’t realize how profound of an effect this blog would have on my life; It has been my greatest asset in trying to reclaim my life from depression, anxiety, and drug addiction. This is actually a re-press from an older post in which I wrote about the importance of stimulating your mind while recovering from addiction.
Now back to the original topic, this blog was initially my online journal. It gave me an outlet to lay out my thoughts, think things through, and try to gain a sense of clarity about different aspects of my life. Throughout this process, I’ve been able to come to terms with so many things in my life that I never thought I would be able to; But most importantly, it has made me think about my life and life in general from a different perspective.
It’s helped me to look at the world in a different way and led me to so many personal realizations aiding me to becoming the person that I want to be.
Whether you struggle with depression or addiction issues, I think journaling can be one of the most powerful tools to help you come to terms with the underlying causes of your afflictions. For me, the benefits have been tremendous and I feel the mental weight of all the things I’ve carried for so many years slowly lifting as I work through my own self reclamation.
I’m not suggesting that you start a blog but maybe just write down what you are feeling; And then really think about why you are feeling that way. Follow that path to whatever underlying cause is making you feel the way that you are feeling. I’ve said it multiple times in different posts, “self reflection is the addicts greatest enemy and only salvation.” But I think this general idea applies to more than just addiction. Self reflection can help you with so many different issues by helping to pin-point whatever it is that is hurting or hindering you personally; And by doing this you can work towards ridding yourself of these feelings or at least coming to terms with them.
As I said in the beginning, this blog started out as my own anonymous sounding board to help myself; but as I’ve progressed in my personal life with working towards ridding myself of my addictions and working through my mental issues. By trying to rid myself of my vices and replace them with virtues my end goal has now changed to trying to help other people. In whatever way it may be, I hope to help others that struggle with the same problems that I have.
Even if your struggles aren’t necessarily the same as mine, I’ll always be here to listen if you need somebody to talk to and please feel free to contact me through my contact page at any time; I respond fairly quickly most times.
Until next time, my love and best wishes to you all.