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Put your health first and foremost. That’s the best advice I can give you. Guard your peace of mind and your body with all your might. That means eating clean. Really clean! That means avoiding people who rev up your central nervous system in any way, shape, or form. Make sure you get gentle exercise every day, gentle being the operative word. Fall asleep at the same time every night, and have good sleep hygiene. Embrace a spiritual practice of some kind and indulge in it every day. Think positively. Put worry aside. Create friendships that uplift you, and be around people in the flesh every day. Avoid drama. Learn to say “No” and to set healthy boundaries.  Be of service to others so that your mind is off of your own problems. These are all ways in which we cultivate good health.

Looking at this list, I see ways in which I didn’t take the best care of myself and landed back in a deep wave of withdrawal symptoms. This wave has been going on a month, and it’s nowhere near over. I encourage you to really be mindful of your healing; don’t overdo things. Take it slow and easy, Don’t jump back into activities too quickly. Stop and smell the roses. Feel gratitude. Accept life on life’s terms.

One of the key things I’m taking away from this setback is to not “push the river.” It will probably be a life long lesson, but I’ll learn a little every day. Keep healing. I will, too.

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