Acknowledging Feelings

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All daily inspirations can be found in the book Sex and Porn Addiction Healing and Recovery. Used here with permission of the author.

Doing one very simple thing—validating your feelings—will change your life in powerful ways.

Before choosing how to deal with intense feelings, a basic first step is to acknowledge their presence, name them, and simply sit with them for a moment. This validation of what we are feeling is a necessary first step towards greater self-care. Rather than ignoring, avoiding, or invalidating a feeling, we should greet it with kindness and tenderness, even striving to have a sense of curiosity about what it is telling us. Allowing our feelings to be real and present and giving ourselves permission to feel them and learn from them can be a helpful, and perhaps necessary, step in our recovery.

Task for Today
Be open about what your feelings really are. Acknowledge and name them. Share your insights with a therapist, sponsor, or close friend.