365 Days of Hypochondria

And other personal happenings.

Immaterial Things (Day 86)


The other day I tried to write a post about immaterial things. I wanted to make a list of my favourite things that aren’t actual objects, that aren’t things that I could hold in my two hands. Sometimes I use materialism as a way of avoiding deeper emotions. Buying new lipstick is easier than processing my thoughts. Shopping is an easy method of self-care, it’s instantly de-stressing, and the things I buy make me feel like I have some sort of control. If I have things, I feel less empty.

I didn’t end up publishing the post because I never finished my list. I could only think of three immaterial things that I cherish (not to say that there aren’t more). This is what I came up with:

1. The smell of my grandmother’s home. 

2. The satisfied feeling I get after mailing a letter.

3. Hugs.

I’m hoping I can add to the list. Letting go of the things I don’t need is an important part of my recovery. Or scratch that. Realizing the things I need don’t have to be objects is an important part of my recovery.

What are your thoughts?


6 thoughts on “Immaterial Things (Day 86)

  1. Hmmm.. I don’t quite have the right words for what I want to comment, but I think this is a good post. I want to point out “…a way of avoiding deeper emotions” in relation to how your list of 3 all seem like they have an emotional response/sensation for you. I have something to say about that in response to the last paragraph, but sentences and sense are not forming atm.

  2. I shop for self-care as well. It is a horrible, horrible problem but I have a helluva shoe and purse collection…Although, the satisfaction of purchasing something doesn’t have the same positive feelings as crossing something off of my to-do list or conquering a physical challenge that I couldn’t before (ie: doing squats with heavy weights.)

  3. Hey, I stumbled accross your blog and I like what you’re doing. I feel quite identified with what you write. One thing I would add to your list is laughter. I believe it makes the brain release all kinds of positive chemicals and is incredible the change on your mood and decisions a good laugh can bring you. What I do is I bookmark everything I find funny or positive and I start the day watching those videos, It’s so enjoyable doing it and not so long ago it amazed me how positively I reacted to something that usually frustrates me after having a great time going through my bookmarks.

    If you need somewhere to start here are some youtubers that I love and always make me smile:
    – Vitalizdtv. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsIOoXG_gmo
    – RomanAtwood. http://www.youtube.com/user/RomanAtwood/videos
    – DennisRoady. http://www.youtube.com/user/dennisroady/videos

    Hope this helps! Keep on doing your thing <3

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