|Snow Sculptures in St. Paul!|
I am not a morning person. In fact, I have to talk myself into the day.
Most mornings I wake up with anxiety. I struggle to get out of bed.
Usually I use the phrase, I Can Do It, and then I can get up.
Once I am up, make breakfast, read the paper, I can easily slip into a do nothing mode. The three things that help me the most are thinking of other people, positive self-talk, and gratitude.
When I start to text someone a good morning, how are you, that extends me out of myself. I often send a prayer to all those who are suffering with addiction or a physical problem. Then I start my self-talk, saying things that are funny to make myself laugh, and to start to love each thing I do.
|This guy was really cool!|
I love joy, and I often talk myself into a state of joy. If I treat each little thing I do, like making oatmeal, with a sense of fun, playfulness, and joy, it totally changes my day.
Sometimes I set a mantra for the day. A few days ago, I used the following:
Move with joy
Thoughts of love
Words of Kindness
This simple mantra carried me through the day and in fact did help me!
I have problems with my back, as many people do. But to keep me away from the self-pity, I laugh at how I struggle at times to get up bed, making it a game of sort. Sometimes I talk to my back saying, “Hi back! I will get you the heating pad soon! Hang on in there!”
This might sound a bit silly, or old lady like, (which of course I am), but it really does work. The wonderful thing about being sober, is I don’t have the extra layer of shame or self-loathing in the morning, so I have a much better place of which to start!
There is joy everywhere, if we just look and let it in. We can extend joy out in the world with not much effort! I give hubs a joyful kiss and hug when he comes home from work!
This has been a good week, one where I was able to support people I love, make kits with naloxone, and get to yoga. Nothing big, but little things with love, kindness, and joy.
With Much Love,
On Day 1254,
PS – I was so surprised to be given an award! My first ever! It was from https://blog.feedspot.com/living_sober_blogs/ Thank you to the people who included me!!