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Managing Feelings

August 8, 2014 203 comments

Sometimes Sober Treats don’t cut it and we need some deeper techniques to get us through. What do you do in times of extreme emotional pain or stress?

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  1. It feels good to wake up with a clear head today and to be back home with my family. I have a long road ahead but good plans in place now to tackle this toxic substance that has consumed over half my life. Time to move forward :) Again I thank those of you who wrote such supportive messages before xx

  2. Hi, just wondering has anybody done the “BRIDGE” programme? if so can you tell me what you thought of it? would you recommend it? any info good or bad I would love to hear your thoughts on the programme and if you think it is worth doing. cheers

  3. Bundle my 2 golden retrievers in the car and drive to the Resevoir so they can have some fun and exercise and me fresh air and grateful for the lovely nature that surrounds me…..something I used to take for granted before I was banned from driving for 4 years …..this simple act keeps me focused on the here and now…..not the past which is so destructive……

  4. My feelings always seem to take me down, I have lost my independence and I know it is my own fault. I really want this to end and I committed to doing this.

  5. @felix I was thinking the same thing…. As I listened further I think she was referring to how we “think” alcohol makes us feel. Or what we think it does for us. Eg. One attachment might be – I cannot relax without alcohol. When I thought about how I would feel if I didn’t have this thought process…. It gave me a sense of freedom and release.
    I’m really new here, so I may have all this wrong.
    I’ve just finished Jason Vales book. Kicking The Drink Easily. It is an amazing read and helped me turn all of the attachments I have to alcohol completely on their heads! Best wishes. BARnone

  6. Hi all…still getting used to this…I’m new here and also seeking outside help. So I went to CADs today and did an assessment and they’ve referred me to an 8 week programme…the name of the programme has just slipped my mind and I feel like an idiot right now. but anyway..just wanting to know who here has undergone a programme with CADS- what are your thoughts on it and did you stick with them after the programme?

  7. I take my two dogs for a long walk every morning and evening and try to practice mindfulness and gratitude the whole time. It is not easy as my mind takes flight if I stop working to stay in the moment every second. My need for socializing is helped as well when I walk or talk with another fellow dog owner. I just need to watch out for those friends in the evening who talk about how they can’t wait for their wine when they get home. Then I have to work on gratitude that I am not going to do that. And if I’m at all shaky, I do not go to the store!

    1. I love your post….I to take my 2 golden retrievers out every morning over to the Resevoir for swim and walk. It sets me up for a positive day and in keeping in touch with nature and how lucky I am to be able to enjoy this positive aspect of my life. I lost my driving licence for 4 years and I was unable to take them to nice places so now I soooo appreciate the lovely walks with them.

  8. I do pranayama breathing. Breathe in for four counts through the nose and then out for four counts. Make your breath be the sound of the ocean coming in and out of your body. Imagine the stress leaving and love and light and energy coming back in. It’s wonderfully relaxing. I do this going the bed at night and in the morning.
    I also do yoga when feelings overwhelm me and breathe into the sadness/pain that is there. It helps me feel grounded.

  9. It’s very hard to manage your feelings when you have so many feelings going on and your mind and what tends to wander and you were very anxious and depressed at the same time