Guilty…Feeling Good?

For a moment he felt good about this. A moment or two later he felt bad about feeling good about it. Then he felt good about feeling bad about feeling good about it and satisfied, drove on into the night. Douglas Adams

This may sound far fetched, but lately I have had guilty feelings about feeling so good. Could it be that I forgot what “good” feels like? Did I grow accustomed to always having pain?

I have been doing well in my recovery and the pain is at a bare minimum. Weaning off the pain killers is something I am feeling great about, less addictive drugs in my body.

The therapy exercises are going great and I have been increasing each week the number of reps by ten, now at fifty reps per exercise.

I am not sure what a psychiatrist would say about this feeling of guilt about feeling good. Would they think I need to up my meds, or just push it aside?

So dear reader, do you have guilty feelings about feeling good? If so, how do you handle them? Please share with me and the other readers your thoughts!

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  1. Stuart Danker

    I don’t, actually, but my sense of feeling good has evolved somewhat. I used to enjoy gaming, but now, while I feel fun in the first few minutes, I also start feeling like I don’t enjoy being idle that much anymore.

    If it’s a massage or nice food though, I actually relish it. Thanks for this post!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Stuart! I am happy that I am not alone in this category.
      Thank you for your encouraging words, I appreciate them!


  2. ashleyleia

    Haha I just did a post a couple of weeks ago on how people feel about feeling good, and guilty was one of the possibilities. Feeling guilty comes from making a judgment about feeling good. We judge ourselves all the time, but that doesn’t make those judgments true.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Ashley, I must have read that post but have forgotten about it.
      Of course I have a hard time remembering what I ate yesterday…lol

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      1. ashleyleia

        Me too!

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      2. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health


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  3. Angie

    When I start feeling guilty about any of the good that comes my way, I ask myself what I would say to a friend who was experiencing the same thing. (This has also brought me a long way in learning self-compassion) We all deserve to feel good and I’m so glad to hear your pain has subsided so much and you’re making amazing progress in your therapy exercises!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thanks Angie!


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