When I get overwhelmed with life, I come outside and just sit. I take some deep breaths and center myself, and even if it’s only for a few moments, I feel much lighter and ready to tackle whatever’s next.
How do you cope in times of overwhelm? 🌿
Today we delivered wellness baskets to educators throughout the district in honor of their dedication and commitment to our students. These baskets are filled with items that promote mindfulness and healthy coping skills, which we believe to be crucial to substance use prevention. Thank you to our SK educators from SKPP! #umatteratsk#mindfulnessasprevention#mindfulnessmeditation#healthycopingskills
Hold something cold in your hand for what I call a “brain break” coping skill. Go to the freezer and grab an ice cube. Hold the ice cube in one hand over the sink. See how long it takes you to notice that you are not able to have any thoughts other than “my hand feels so cold!” Flip the ice into the other hand and notice that experience. As one hand starts to thaw out, the other one gets cold. Maybe you notice where the water melts in your hand actually feels warmer than where the ice is sitting. Then, when you can’t take it anymore, toss the ice in the sink. Holding something cold forces us out of our head (stops ruminative, racing thoughts that are anxiety-driven) and into the moment (where your entire attention is on your hands), giving your brain a break from whatever stress you are swept up in. Sometimes, after tossing the ice into the sink, that “brain break” allows you to regroup, think more clearly, and ask yourself more positive questions, such as “Is what I am thinking helpful? Can I do anything about this now?”
Winnie: A loyal friend to his neighbors in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Tigger: Boisterous and exuberant, Tigger is wonderful and one-of-a-kind. He eagerly shares his enthusiasm with others—whether they want him to or not.
Eeyore: Gloomy Eeyore is not a fan of much, other than eating thistles, but his loyalty wins the hearts of his friends every time he loses his tail.
Piglet: Piglet may be small in size but he has the biggest heart in the Hundred Acre Wood. This soft-spoken, s-s-steady friend’s generosity leads this timid character to some large adventures.
Rabbit: Rabbit is often the self-appointed leader of the Hundred Acre Wood. He can be stubborn when his routine is interrupted, but Rabbit is always ready to hop into action whenever his friends are in need.
Kanga & Roo: Kanga is a warm, protective mother to little Roo. Her hands are full with her young son, a wild adventurer who is eager to go everywhere and try everything.
Owl: Owl is considered a bit of a know-it-all, though his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood always seek his advice. Unfortunately, he often misses the mark.
Christopher Robin: Christopher Robin shares his many adventures with his closest friend Winnie the Pooh. Everyone looks up to him for advice and help in times of need.
“All discomfort comes from suppressing your true identity.” ~Bryant H. McGill
Suppressing your feelings will only hurt you in the long run. Embrace all your emotions good and bad. Avoidance will only manifest into unhealthy coping skills, problems in relationships, addiction, detachment, and illness both physically and mentally. Being true to your emotions can’t help but make you feel better because your mind, body, and spirit need that release in order to heal and be your true authentic self. Allowing yourself to cry is one of the most natural, calming, and healing ways to reduce emotional stress and restore the body to a healthy state of balance.💗💜💗 #feelings#emotionalrelease#mentalhealth#balance#selflove#soulmedicine#trueidentity#authenticself#wellbeing#healthyliving#release#healing#healthycopingskills#yin&yang
I was hit with a bout of anxiety last night, most likely because of having one (or three) too many cups of coffee while studying yesterday afternoon (double tap if this sounds familiar)
I haven’t had much anxiety at all recently, and I don’t know if this is the experience of other people, but for me I almost forget what it feels like when it’s been awhile. So I was stumbling around for an hour or so, wondering why I wasn’t sleepy, jumping from thing to thing and not really able to keep my attention on any of it for more than 10-15 minutes.
After finally giving up on doing anything in particular and pacing my living room back and forth for a few seconds, I decided to check in with my body and ask what the heck was going on?! (this technique has come with toooons of previous practice)
I finally realized what was bothering me. Ahh, my good ol’ friend anxiety. First, I am so grateful for the amount of work I have done on managing my anxiety and other issues, because in times like these:
1) I know it’s just the coffee and a bad bodily reaction, so I don’t take myself so seriously!
2) I have my go to anxiety relief tactics like: reading (my choice for the night, #thepowerofnow by @eckharttolle), listening to SuperSoul Conversations the podcast, colouring, crochet, or self care of some sort.
It’s hard work, but I have been on a tireless pursuit of happiness and peace.
~It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger~
It’s a cheesy quote from one of my workout videos lol but I believe that it applies so nicely to this situation. You are strong enough to change your story, and you’ll only get stronger. Life isn’t all of a sudden easy for those who succeed, they just set a different standard for themselves (much like physically getting stronger) and exercised the muscles that helped get them there (healthy coping mechanisms!)
Friends, we are all human. It’s not always about winning every battle, but about winning the war. So be a little kinder to yourself on the hard days, but set yourself up for some success on the days where it’s a little easier.
SOOOOOO. 😄😄😬😄😄🎉🎉🎉 today marks 28 days clean and sober!!!! 4 entire weeks with no relapses or slip ups AT ALL.
I know like to most people it’s like Kay... only 28 days w/e, but I have been using drugs nearly every single day for almost 9 years and this is the longest I have ever gone without them, and ITS A BIG HUGE DEAL TO ME🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♀️ Some updates / things I have noticed in my sobriety:
•my sense of hope/hopefulness came back a few weeks ago 🙂 •my motivation to go out and do things in public has gone up substantially 🙂
•I find myself thinking occasionally about goals/things I want in my future, which is something I haven’t thought of since i was a teenager 🙂 •it becomes easier everyday to log in my bullet journal “things that went well today” and also less work for me to come up with “my strengths and things I like about myself” for my self care pages 🙂 •been getting out of bed earlier each week! Actually seeing daylight hours is strange for me 🙂
•no longer seems AS MUCH of a difficult task to get basic things like cleaning, appointments, shopping, other etc adult things completed.
I am nowhere near recovered yet, my dopamine and seratonin receptors are still badly damaged, and although each day is a bit better to get through, I am still not able to produce any amounts of genuine happiness from normal everyday things non users can.
BUT I AM SO FUCKING PROUD OF MYSELF.
I leave for BC IN FOUR DAYS, to further distance myself from temptations and attend more treatment programming for a few months. I know some days it’s getting hard to say no, so I booked a ticket ASAP, and I am RUNNING THE HELL AWAY as fast as I can until I’m more secure in my sobriety
THANK YOU SO FUCKING MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN BY MY SIDE THROUGH THIS - to offer kind words of support and praise. IT MEANS SO DAMN MUCH TO ME.
Thought I would be here. I am so grateful to be alive today. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 #sobriety#healthycopingskills#soberoctober#soberliving#journaladdict#cleanandsober#crackaddiction#drugaddiction