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Coping Day-to-Day

I was recently reminded of the statement: "there is no way out of this but through it." So what are day-to-day, moment-by-moment strategies to get through it?

I have been asked what I did to help with the symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal and its after-effects. Here are some ideas that not only helped me feel calmer and deal with symptoms, but also helped me feel as if I was doing something productive.

I have also asked others in the on-line Benzo Warrior Community what they do. Here is a compilation of ideas to consider. Remember that while some may not be possible right now they may work in a few months.

When I just wanted to calm my inner world or deal with cognitive fog

  • Taking warm baths in low lights

  • Listening to the sounds of chimes, rainfall, or the ocean on apps

  • Coloring in adult coloring books with markers or colored pencils

  • Listening to audiobooks and podcasts, being careful to avoid topics that can provoke anxiety

  • Sitting outside and feeling the sun or the breeze

  • Taking walks, even if just to walk around the yard

  • Binging on TV shows

  • Petting or cuddling with a dog or cat

When I was able to do something more active

  • Using a loom to knit scarves that I gave to homeless people

  • Crocheting dish clothes for clothes, prayer shawls, or gloves for others

  • Baking and giving goods to neighbors (even starting with slice-and-bake cookies)

  • Tending to a garden

  • Playing word searches or solitaire on apps

  • Doing puzzles, sudoku

  • Collage making and scrapbooking

  • Journaling

  • Reading mostly fiction, romantic or historical often most helpful

  • Daily snippets of Spanish (insert language here) lessons

When I was ready to interact more with others

  • Joining support group sessions

  • During political campaigns, writing postcards to encourage people to vote and participating in campaign activities (all on-line)

  • Taking classes on Zoom

  • Being a healing buddy

  • Volunteering on-line

Do any of these ideas seem helpful? As always, we’d like to hear your feedback.

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Of the many, many things I did to try to distract myself away from my symptoms, two stand out: 1) using breathing techniques to calm my body down. I still use them regularly if I feel under pressure or I just want to relax. Works every time for me 2) getting onto BenzoBuddies to share my story and listen to others. In fact, before I came across D I found someone on BB who coached and guided me through what were horrendous times. I believe that without them I may not have made it through. Now BB can be a scary place if you are not mentally strong enough to deal with the negativity that you will come across at…

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Hi Doryn, great post, really got me thinking about what I did and didn’t do.

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