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‘self-help’ tag

Pressure (guest post from @suek)

Wednesday 11 Feb, 2015, 4:19pm by Mrs D 28 comments

My darling friend @suek is gearing up to move to the other side of the world. I recently asked if she would like to write a post about how she is handling all that is going on for her with the relocation. She said yes then a few days later delivered me this powerful piece […]

A different gratitude technique…

Sunday 1 Feb, 2015, 2:42pm by Mrs D 8 comments

The fabulous sober blogger Mr Sponsorpants wrote a post the other day called ‘Drop The Rock‘ and in it he talked about a technique he has for turning burdens into blessings. He explained that by substituting the words “get to” for the words “have to” he can stop himself from complaining about privileges he has in […]

The Fire Within…

Monday 5 Jan, 2015, 3:06pm by Mrs D 12 comments

A lot of the time I’m just chugging on in my sober life feeling fair-to-middling. Worrying about how much I’m eating, how little I’m exercising, whether I’m being a patient enough mother or a loving enough wife or a supportive enough daughter, sister and friend. No great highs or great lows.. just ordinary day-in-day-out stuff. […]

Sobermas and New Cheers (Guest Post)

Wednesday 24 Dec, 2014, 7:15am by Mrs D 14 comments

Some more  Christmas and New Years inspiration for you – this post comes from @_jjw_, a smart and lovely kiwi dude, and brave sober warrior. ===================== @_jjw_:This is my fourth sober Christmas. While many of us people who gave up drinking wait until after Christmas and New Years to put down the bottle, I launched my sobriety a […]

Sober First Aid Kit

Wednesday 19 Nov, 2014, 9:28am by Mrs D 16 comments

Further to my ‘Silly Season Survival Guide’ posted last week, here is @suek’s brilliant expansion of the ‘Sober First Aid’ concept. I totally love this idea and I am definitely putting a kit together for my trip away to see family over Christmas. I’ll have a think about what’s going to be in my kit, and […]

Silly Season Survival Guide

Friday 14 Nov, 2014, 11:31am by Mrs D 15 comments

My first sober Christmas & New Year’s was a BIG DEAL .. scary and tricky and really full-on. I got through it with the help of legendary sober blogger Mr Sponsorpants’ Annual Holiday Survival Guide which I encourage you to read, and a bunch of other techniques that I will share here. This year – my fourth […]

Naval Gazing…

Monday 15 Sep, 2014, 11:28am by Mrs D 32 comments

Oh how scornful I used to be about naval gazing! “Naval gazing is for sissies” (I’d say). “People who always look inward are boring” (I’d say). “Self-help books are naff” (I’d say). My how times have changed. I am now the queen of naval gazing - I love it!  I’m lapping up as many self-help books as I […]

Why writing is so powerful

Saturday 2 Aug, 2014, 9:27am by Mrs D 9 comments

One of the things that is so hard about being addicted to alcohol is that much of the angst is internal. I had a lot of twisted beliefs, secret compulsions, and miserable  thoughts that had been swirling around in my head. When I gave up alcohol I started blogging, and by blogging I was getting […]