Often, when people try to change, it’s because there’s something they want to get rid of: they want to get rid of their compulsions, they want to get rid of some weight, they want to get rid of a terrible job, they want to get rid of a toxic relationship, etc. 
But reacting to something we don’t want, rarely leads us to the place we want to go. Change that’s fuelled by avoidance and fear and worry and obsessing about what others think doesn’t go anywhere positive. It often leads right back to the place we wanted to leave.
Dealing with OCD and addictions made me want to get rid of lots of unhealthy things. And it was extremely important to ditch those compulsions. But what I quickly learned was that I needed to switch from just getting rid of unhealthy things, to bringing healthy things in my life. Getting rid of unhealthy things left a massive hole in my life. After years of practicing unhealthy behaviors, it would have been so easy to just fill that hole with the unhealthy things that came easily to me. To make change stick, I had to make healthy behaviors easy so I could fill that hole. 
Recovery became more about being who I wanted to be than avoiding who I didn’t want to be. It’s an important shift that’s helpful to make in pursuing big changes in our lives. An illness might be the trigger for seeking health, but we quickly need to switch from fighting the illness to pursuing health.
Have a healthy weekend!
- Mark

Often, when people try to change, it’s because there’s something they want to get rid of: they want to get rid of their compulsions, they want to get rid of some weight, they want to get rid of a terrible job, they want to get rid of a toxic relationship, etc. 

But reacting to something we don’t want, rarely leads us to the place we want to go. Change that’s fuelled by avoidance and fear and worry and obsessing about what others think doesn’t go anywhere positive. It often leads right back to the place we wanted to leave.

Dealing with OCD and addictions made me want to get rid of lots of unhealthy things. And it was extremely important to ditch those compulsions. But what I quickly learned was that I needed to switch from just getting rid of unhealthy things, to bringing healthy things in my life. Getting rid of unhealthy things left a massive hole in my life. After years of practicing unhealthy behaviors, it would have been so easy to just fill that hole with the unhealthy things that came easily to me. To make change stick, I had to make healthy behaviors easy so I could fill that hole. 

Recovery became more about being who I wanted to be than avoiding who I didn’t want to be. It’s an important shift that’s helpful to make in pursuing big changes in our lives. An illness might be the trigger for seeking health, but we quickly need to switch from fighting the illness to pursuing health.

Have a healthy weekend!

- Mark

  1. wine-glitter-and-bows reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  2. rainbowandzebarstripes reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  3. rainbows-n-raindrops reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  4. scarredskinandsacredsoul reblogged this from bumblebea933
  5. bumblebea933 reblogged this from mamayoda
  6. mamayoda reblogged this from undiscoveredstory
  7. virgo17th reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  8. kittycatalyst reblogged this from undiscoveredstory
  9. undiscoveredstory reblogged this from on-dreams-of-jupiter
  10. newoman reblogged this from on-dreams-of-jupiter
  11. want-to-fly-like-a-bird reblogged this from on-dreams-of-jupiter
  12. on-dreams-of-jupiter reblogged this from beautifulocddisaster
  13. philogynyhaven reblogged this from beautifulocddisaster
  14. teaselovekill-me reblogged this from wordswithinonebreath
  15. dawgswaltz reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  16. bwahahahaigloos reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  17. projectkaryn reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  18. beautifulocddisaster reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  19. noodlepoet reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  20. jibun-kakumei reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  21. little-one-winged reblogged this from queendarthzannah
  22. thesilencethereafter reblogged this from shutterdove
  23. shutterdove reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  24. the-blazing-sun reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  25. diapasondame reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain
  26. pixiedust89 reblogged this from everybodyhasabrain