7 days = 1 week:]

O.K…so moving on.  7 days today, that’s 1 week….that is a good start.

I have 3 of the 4 from H.A.L.T. down pat, struggling with the forth.

Hungry – no problem – I eat.  I am on a diet and eating healthy and regularly, all good on that front.

Lonely – again no problem.  Call or text the kids, chat with neighbors, go out and say hi to folks.

Tired – this one is a no brainer.  I lay down whenever I feel tired or overwhelmed.  Even if I don’t sleep I rest.

Angry – nope, can’t quite get a grip on this one.  Almost went out and bought a bottle on Saturday due to anger with hubs.  But I didn’t.  I breathed.  I paced.  I went in the bedroom and pouted.  But I didn’t drink.  However, it was too close for comfort.

Any suggestions on how to get over the anger/pity party mood when it descends again?  Cause I know me and I know it will.  Thanks.

Big hugs.  Audrey


11 thoughts on “7 days = 1 week:]

  1. The serenity prayer…over and over and over again.

    I so understand. I often want to drink the poison and for someone else to die…but I know in the end on,y I get hurt.

    Have you read Pema Chodron? The places that scare you is amazing. And very helpful with anger.

  2. Like Anne,
    I had to learn that the only person that got hurt by me drinking, was me.
    It wasn’t hubs, or my co-workers, or whomever I was mad at.
    Just me.
    And my biggest help out of my pity party is by writing down at least 5 things I am grateful for.
    Helps a lot!

  3. Congrats on 7 days! That’s awesome! Anger is one of the issues I’m trying to deal with too. I have been reading like crazy – I’ve bought more books in the past month+ than I have in my entire life I think lol. When I feel like I’m starting to spin out of control, I make myself some tea and find a quiet corner to curl up with a book and I force myself to read and focus on the words. Sometimes I have to read a paragraph a few times over. Other times I go and have a LONG hot shower and then crawl into bed and hide out there for a while. Other times I get out of the house and go for a long walk and force myself to really take in my surroundings “Oh, what a pretty tree, I wonder what kind that is – look at the shape of the leaves! Wow, I never noticed the trim on that house before, I really like the contrast of the colours” etc.

  4. Hi Audrey,
    I’ve recently really battled with the anger thing. This is an on-going problem for me. I’ve been trying mindfulness exercises.
    Try focus on something tactile that takes the attention away from the anger onto the present moment. I did it the other day in the car, (Husband was driving) I was touching the fabric of my sleeve and really feeling it breathing and just focussing on what the material felt like. The wave of anger passed. This was a massive step for me, maybe it could work for you?

    • Hey Shawna – I’m still here. Still trying. Lot’s of family issues going on, but I’m back on the wagon – got my big girl panties on and starting again. Not going to write on here until I hit the 30 day mark and feel stronger. You CAN do this!! Best of luck, Audrey.

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