Embracing Your Clumsiness During Benzo Withdrawal

Today, we’re going to talk about a topic that many of you might relate to – clumsiness during benzo withdrawal/BIND. I understand that it can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re already dealing with other withdrawal/BIND symptoms. But don’t worry; here are some ideas to help you with the unsteadiness and the “dropsies” that may come your way.

Clumsiness can manifest in various forms, such as dropping things, stumbling, walking into objects, or even breaking things unintentionally. It’s completely normal to feel embarrassed about these incidents, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and it’s just a part of the journey towards a healthier you. My clumsiness really came to light when I washed dishes. I dropped dozens of plates and broke a few glasses. It was as if my hands couldn’t hold onto anything or they lacked proper strength. I also had trouble picking things up. (My hands were like an arcade Claw Machine, grasping but coming up empty.) And it wasn’t just my hands that didn’t work well. My feet had problems, too. I stumbled on flat surfaces. I walked into things (I had many stubbed toes!) and knocked things over. I can’t say that it was because I was off-balance all the time; it was simply clumsiness. At first, I was worried that I had a serious disease, but I soon realized it was benzo withdrawal/BIND-induced clumsiness and nothing to worry about. As time passed, I relaxed about it and even giggled a time or two. In time, my clumsiness went away, just like all the other symptoms.

Here’s a  list of things you can do to cope with clumsiness during benzo withdrawal:

  • Be patient with yourself: Remind yourself that this is a temporary phase and that it’s okay to be clumsy. Give yourself the time and space to heal.
  • Slow down: Take your time when performing tasks or walking around. Don’t rush, and give yourself enough time to react to your surroundings.
  • Stay organized: Keep your living space clutter-free to reduce the risk of accidents. Put away any objects that may cause you to trip or stumble.
  • Focus on your balance: Practice exercises that help improve your balance, such as yoga, tai chi, or simply standing on one foot for a few seconds.
  • Use assistive tools: Consider using grip aids for utensils, pens, and other objects to help you hold onto them better.
  • Use less soap: Don’t lather up your dishes so that they become too slippery.
  • Wear non-slip shoes: Invest in a pair of non-slip shoes or slippers to avoid slipping on smooth surfaces. Avoid high heels or clunky shoes.
  • Ask for help: Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from friends or family members when you need it. They’ll likely be more than happy to lend a hand.
  • Keep a sense of humor: Laughing at yourself can help alleviate the embarrassment and remind you that it’s okay to be imperfect. Embrace your clumsiness and find the humor in it.
  • Share your experiences: Connect with others going through benzo withdrawal in positive solution-focused support groups. Sharing your experiences and learning from others can be comforting and empowering.

Remember, it’s completely normal to experience clumsiness during benzo withdrawal/BIND. Be gentle with yourself, and try not to let embarrassment get in the way of your healing process. Embrace the imperfections and keep moving forward on your path to recovery. You’ve got this!

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