Five minutes each week that could change your life
I’m no naïve ‘quit lit’ evangelist. There’s no quick way to developing alternative coping strategies to drinking. This shit takes time.
It’s a process to learn how to deal with the difficult emotions you normally outsmart, out run and numb using alcohol and that’s all there is to it.
First, accept that you have to feel to heal and feeling is part of any recovery process. You can’t recover without feeling.
The rage, the anxiety, the malaise, the happiness, it’s all part of the process.
Where possible, acknowledge and greet each emotion at the door when it shows up.
But no one said you have to make it a cup of tea, the next emotion will be a long before you know it so all you have to do is acknowledge each emotion with a wave, hello or goodbye and just witness it coming and going.
Second, the onslaught of raw emotion that is going to hit you sometimes? I’m not promising that you’ll automatically know what to do with the intensity of that either.
What I can tell you, is that for my particularly confronting emotions? The answer is to move.
Thwart the emotions hanging around helping themselves to a cup of tea by getting active.
It need be nothing more than staying inside and following a 30 minute yoga centring class on youtube but use your body to shift the emotion as quickly as you can.
I can assure you it will shift if you do.
As always, if you’ve had success with applying this insight, email me and let me know.
Until next time, Maree.