I'm sure you may have some anxiety in early sobriety or years after!
It's healthy, and it's ok.
We spend so many years drinking to cover the anxiety that we don't have any other ways to cope and deal. You may also start to realize you were always an anxious person and trace this back to childhood.
Millions suffer from it.
These subtle shifts have helped me reduce my anxiety in my sobriety!
Ten changes to help reduce your anxiety in Sobriety
1) Daily Meditation
2) Exercise daily- 30 minute walks help!
3) Drink water
4) Limit social media usage, and this includes morning time
5) Make your bed each morning
7) Practice gratitude
8) Find the strength to say NO
9) Recite positive mantras
10) Do not drink ALCOHOL
Pick two today and start doing and then keep adding on each day.
Watch how good you start to feel within a week.
I hope this helps you today!
Are you are in a little funk currently because you are feeling stuck in your Sobriety/Recovery journey.
I get it.
I've been on this road for eight years and have gone through being stuck, lows of self-doubt, and needing pep talks daily.
When I discovered the practice of daily affirmations, things started to change for me when it came to what story I was telling myself. I started my training a few years back, and I began to feel lighter and free. I believe in the power of positive self-talk.
I know you may be thinking how can this help me and how uncomfortable this will feel, but they HELP. Affirmations start to rewire your brain and give you that pep talk that you need. They truly change your mindset and help you gain confidence.
Sobriety and recovery are work, and this is part of it.
REBUILDING YOU is crucial to building your solid foundation in this journey.
I put together twenty powerful affirmations...
Sober Vibes Feature
Here is the fantastic Courtney sending the Sober Vibes since 4/30/18...
"I take beautiful pictures of my family and post them with pride....look at my beautiful family!! Look at my beautiful home! Just keep looking at those things...and don't look at me...because if you would look at me, you would see a broken, selfish, lost alcoholic...If you would've asked me two years ago if this was possible, I would've laughed in your face...but I'm here, and I'm a perfect example of how you CAN beat this, recovery IS POSSIBLE...one day at a time."
Keep kicking ass and inspiring others in your recovery!
YES, RECOVERY IS POSSIBlE!
Sober VIbes Feature-
Here is the strong Gabi sending the Sober Vibes since 1/13/11...
"Today, I've been sober for nine years.
Over the last nine years, my life has Continuously changed - like clay.
Taken from the very bottom & molded into something beautiful.
Sobriety has been very kind to me: forgiveness, marriage, kids, travels, college degrees, friendship, family. But most importantly, peace.
I am not perfect.
I am not the poster child for sobriety.
I am just... doing the best I can.
One day at a time.
If you're struggling- know that there is an army of people who want to see you succeed. Reach out. Your life is worth it.
Thanks for nine years on the sunny side of the street."
Congrats to you! Keep inspiring and kicking ass in your journey.
Sober Vibes Feature
Here is the fantastic Jen sending the Sober Vibes since 5/1/11...
“9 YEARS SOBER!
I will always share the truth of my addiction story because there is an umbrella of silence hanging above those of us recovering from drug use, and we do not need to be ashamed!
But today, my heart feels called to talk about my recovery story!
I want to tell you how each morning I get to wake up in my bed and when the sun peeks through the window... there’s no more fear of not knowing how I will survive another day.
My body is no longer covered in abscesses, the track marks have mostly faded away, and as I look down at my hands, they aren’t swollen, dirty, and numb.
I have teeth in my smile and life in my eyes, and when I walk past a mirror, I am still in awe that the woman I see is me...
I have taken back the pen to my life, the power of my voice, and demanded my body be returned to me. My heart is full of love, my life is blessed with friends, and as I write this, I...
Sober Vibes Feature
Here is the fantastic Rebecca sending the Sober Vibes since 4/4/11...
“Every day I wake up, I now have a choice of how I am going to live. In my active drinking career, I did not. I believe we all know the story of how it happens. Our stories are the fuel to our drinking, and when we get done telling the story of why we need to drink, we can then rewrite the story to how we no longer need to drink. For this to happen, we must realize the problem. My problem was alcohol and the incomprehensible demoralization that followed every time I drank. Towards the end, it was just downright U G L Y!
One day, my solution becomes the problem, and that problem led me to the solution-getting sober and entering into recovery. Eventually, after a few twenty-four hours, I found that I did not have to feel bad anymore. I found a group of like-minded people that showed me how to “live off the booze” and put the broken pieces of my life back together. I then...
One of my favorite things about becoming sober is getting to focus on myself through personal development. This has a lot of different forms: exercise, finances and budgeting, or even just learning how to be happy without booze. The list of ways to improve yourself is practically infinite.
And when you think about learning, you might think about cracking open a book and learning from someone else. There are loads of sobriety & recovery stories out there to inspire, but surprisingly, many of my favorite books for sober women go way deeper than battling addiction with substance abuse. From the super-inspiring Mel Robbins, to more modern self-help guide Jen Sincero, you’ll find a book you'll be glad you read cover to cover.
1. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
2. Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
3. You Are A Badass by Jen Scenario
4. My Fair Junkie by Amy Dresner
5. Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
6. Atomic Habits by James Clear
7. Super Attractor...
Have you ever wondered?
Yes, wondered who is really in control of the relationship between you and alcohol?
I spent four years out of my ten-year relationship, trying to control alcohol.
I would spend months in a cycle of no shots, no liquor, only drinking on the weekends, and also taking periods completely off from drinking.
Alcohol and I were a continuous toxic and exhausting relationship.
My love affair with alcohol always brought me to a place of shame, guilt, failure, loneliness, and a place of never getting ahead in life—a cycle of one step forward and two steps back.
In August 2012, I decided to get off the ride and broke up with alcohol for good.
Maybe you have been questioning your relationship with alcohol?
Maybe you are wondering if alcohol has more control over you then you like to admit?
Maybe you are wondering, do I have a drinking problem or an unhealthy relationship with alcohol?
Take my latest quiz to see where you stand with your...
Is it just me or are you craving a summer getaway this early into the year, too? One of my favorite ways to spoil myself in the summer is with an icy beverage - virgin style. Since I'm cooped up inside waiting for summer, I decided to dip my toe into the mocktail waters and try some fancy virgin cocktails - just for fun!
Many of these mocktails focus on serving the original cocktail virgin style which is great for serving for any party or special occasion. My favorite part about mixing mocktails is putting my own twist on classic recipes and including freshly brewed sparkling water!
Sparkling water is my go-to for adding excitement to any drink.
Grab yourself a few tall glasses and pour a fancy alcohol-free drink and get your fancy on:
Don't forget about the ice!
Simple, fresh orange juice is perfect for a brunch or morning pick-me-up drink!
I get what it's like to get stuck in alcohol cravings.
The itch is what I like to call it. In my first two years of Sobriety, I had cravings a lot. It's normal because I spent a decade in a toxic love affair with alcohol.
Here are my 3 Tips to help you push through alcohol cravings.
1) Do something else.
When the craving hits, don't just sit in it the thoughts of it. First, except this is normal, and DO NOT beat yourself up about it. Second, DO something. Take action and start doing something during this time. Cravings are around 7 minutes. So perfect time to distract yourself with journaling, exercise, drink some hot tea/water, color, and or read. Tons of options to distract yourself during that time.
2) Remember your why.
When the craving hits, again, except the thought and remember, it's healthy! Then remember why you are choosing a life without alcohol. Rember where alcohol leads you and where you never want to go back...