|My brother took us to Shoshone Falls in Idaho!|
Life is unpredictable.
Sometimes it feels like a tornado, other times a gentle wave.
Of course, drinking to cope didn’t work so well.
All that did was make new problems!
So those of us in recovery have to learn new ways to live life.
When things seem scary or chaotic, I have learned some new simple ways to cope.
I breathe, in for four, hold for four, out for four.
I distract myself for a little bit. Not too long, though, by playing a game or by reading.
|Finally, No Coats!|
I make and repeat mantras.
I write my gratitude lists.
Just writing this blog helps!
I walk, lift weights, go to yoga.
Eventually though, I must face the problem, and take little steps to deal with it.
If I take a little step, just for 5 minutes, I often end up doing more.
There have been times when things seem overwhelming. I can still go to the overreaction way to cope if I’m not careful.
My usual reaction is to go, YIKES, and then figure things out as best I can.
I also cope by reaching out to people and getting help.
I am lucky I have a loving husband, and a loving family and friends.
Accepting that life is unpredictable is also helpful for me.
I never know what will happen next.
Some things will be surprises I love, other things will be sad.
There is no escaping these things.
I can embrace the craziness, hopefully with a bit more grace than I used to.
With Spring Finally Here,
On Day 1691,
Wendy Walks New Post: Nature Teaches
PS – My visit with my mom, brother, and sister was love filled! My sister and I were super proud of ourselves! I only had to look up the owner’s manual on line to figure out how to use parts of the rental car! Ha!
|My sister, brother, mom, and me!|