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‘self-care’ tag

Working my recovery….

Monday 22 Feb, 2016, 10:57am by Mrs D 23 comments

Today is day 1630 of sobriety for me and this is proving an interesting time for me right now… The hard work of early sobriety is over, not drinking is normal and therefore the pride and joy from being a non-drinker is also a bit diminished (still there but not so acute). Nowadays I find myself having […]

I deserve this…

Sunday 7 Feb, 2016, 5:16pm by Mrs D 17 comments

Once again here I am going on about brain re-training. It is VITAL! It is CRUCIAL! It is HUGELY INSTRUMENTAL in helping us get to a happy sober place! That is – not miserable being a non-drinker.. delighted as fuck that we’re not hooked on that shit any more and foolishly believing a whole lot […]

Self-Care (guest post)

Sunday 31 Jan, 2016, 11:56am by Mrs D 19 comments

We talk about self-care a lot here at Living Sober. It’s so ridiculously important. Right now for me it’s the end of the long summer school holidays, I’m tired and run down, haven’t had a lot of time to myself and my self-care has slipped. Not just physical things like diet, exercise, and sleep … but […]

Learning to understand ourselves

Monday 4 Jan, 2016, 3:52pm by Mrs D 7 comments

I knew after I stopped drinking that in order to be genuinely at peace with being sober I needed to retrain my own brain so that I wouldn’t keep bombarding myself with woe-is-me thoughts about booze. I knew I couldn’t control the world around me but I could control my own thinking and that really needed to change. […]

Sober First Aid Kit (repost)

Saturday 19 Dec, 2015, 11:16am by Mrs D 7 comments

Further to my ‘Silly Season Survival Guide‘ reposted last week, here is @suek’s brilliant expansion of the ‘Sober First Aid’ concept. I totally love this idea – have done since we first featured this post last year. I have put a kit together numerous times over the past year and will be doing one for […]

The little things…

Saturday 10 Oct, 2015, 11:08am by Mrs D 23 comments

It seems to me that a lot of people have been commenting in the Members Feed recently about all the little things that they are noticing they are able to achieve now that they are not drinking. We often talk about the big changes – better sleep, clearer skin, improved feelings of pride and self worth, more […]

My inner critic…

Friday 11 Sep, 2015, 9:41am by Mrs D 12 comments

There’s so much talk in sobriety about us all learning to take care of ourselves (so often a foreign concept to us boozers), be kind to ourselves, nurture ourselves.  And I do that a lot, I look after myself and try to do things just right all the time but still fall into ‘lazy’ and ‘bad’ phases where […]

Bread and Alcohol (guest post)

Sunday 19 Jul, 2015, 1:54pm by Mrs D 8 comments

Today’s guest post comes from Bren Murphy who writes the blog Last 100 Days Alcoholic. Bren was a HUGE support to me in my  early days of blogging and getting sober – commenting on virtually every post I wrote when I was first giving up booze. He taught me the value of community and non-judgemental support, and for […]

Tiredness….

Saturday 9 May, 2015, 10:21am by Mrs D 8 comments

Tiredness has a lot to answer for I reckon. Without us even realising it. Living in a state of general tiredness makes everything harder. And this isn’t “I’ve-only-had-2-hours-sleep-for-four-days” tiredness. This is “I’ve-been-sleeping-badly-for-ten-years” tiredness. The slow burning, long build-up tiredness that we don’t even realise is there. When I was boozing (most of my adult life) […]

Acceptance …. tinged with kindness…

Friday 1 May, 2015, 10:49am by Mrs D 9 comments

I’ve been doing this new thing in regards to my emotions. Lately I’ve been finding that I’m not only accepting my tough emotions (stress, anxiety, glumness etc).. but I’m responding to them with some kindness. It’s hard to explain this because it’s quite subtle and seemingly minor but it’s a very delicate shift in my […]