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How Psychedelics Helped Improved My Mental Health

My doctor may not like this but - I'm self medicating. Naturally of course. How my consistent consumption of psychedelics improved the world around me.
Sunday, March 3, 2024
mental health

When people typically hear the term "self-medicating," they may immediately think of destructive habits like excessive alcohol or drug use. However, my journey in self-medicating couldn't be further from that image. As an average person seeking solace from the weight of the world, I found an unconventional but powerful ally in psychedelics.

For years, I struggled silently with anxiety and mild depression. Being a part of the typical rat race, juggling work, family, bills, and societal expectations had taken a toll on my mental health. My doctor prescribed medication, which helped to some extent, but I always felt like I was just numbing the symptoms rather than truly healing.

After doing extensive research, I came across the growing body of studies on psychedelics like psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms) and LSD being used in therapeutic settings to treat various mental health conditions. I was intrigued by the potential mental health benefits these substances offered under the right circumstances. 

Over time, I decided to try microdosing psychedelics as part of my self-care routine. Microdosing involves taking a sub-perceptual amount of a psychedelic substance, not enough to induce hallucinations but enough to potentially heighten creativity, focus, and mood. I started with psilocybin mushrooms and carefully monitored my dosage and experiences.

To my surprise, the effects were profound. I noticed a subtle but significant shift in my overall well-being. I felt more present, less consumed by anxious thoughts, and more connected to the world around me. My creativity surged, and simple activities like taking a walk in nature or journaling became incredibly enriching experiences. It was like someone had turned up the vibrancy and meaning in my life.

One of the most striking improvements was in my relationships. Psychedelics heightened my empathy and emotional intelligence, allowing me to communicate more openly and empathetically with my loved ones. I started having deeper, more authentic conversations, and conflicts became easier to resolve as I approached them with a calmer, more understanding mindset.

Additionally, my self-esteem received a much-needed boost. With psychedelics acting as a catalyst for introspection and self-reflection, I was able to confront and process deep-seated insecurities and limiting beliefs. I started to see myself in a kinder light, embracing my flaws and strengths with newfound acceptance.

As I continued my consistent consumption of psychedelics in a responsible manner, I noticed a ripple effect in various aspects of my life. I became more proactive in pursuing my passions and taking risks, knowing that I had a newfound inner resilience and clarity. My career benefited from my enhanced focus and creative problem-solving abilities, leading to new opportunities I wouldn't have considered before.

But perhaps the most significant change was in my overall outlook on life. Psychedelics opened the door to a deep sense of interconnectedness with the universe. I found a profound appreciation for the beauty of existence, a sense of awe and wonder that had been dulled by the monotony of everyday life. I began to see challenges as opportunities for growth and transformation, rather than insurmountable obstacles.

Of course, my decision to self-medicate with psychedelics wasn't without its challenges. There were moments of discomfort and uncertainty, times when the psychedelic experience led me to confront aspects of myself that were difficult to face. But through it all, I felt supported by a newfound sense of inner strength and resilience, knowing that the discomfort was part of the healing process.

I understand that my choice to self-medicate with psychedelics may not align with traditional medical practice, and there are valid concerns about substance misuse and legality. However, for me, psychedelics have been a powerful tool for self-exploration and healing, offering a unique perspective on mental health and well-being that goes beyond the conventional medications I had tried in the past.

In a world where mental health issues continue to rise, and conventional treatments don't work for everyone, exploring alternative options like psychedelics can be a game-changer. My consistent consumption of psychedelics has not only improved my own mental health but has also positively impacted the world around me through deeper connections, creative contributions, and a renewed sense of purpose. It's a journey I continue to navigate with gratitude, respect, and above all, mindfulness. And for me, that's a world worth living in.