Do you feel this way? Have you felt like this? Let’s take a look at how living with alcoholism or addiction can our bodies and our health.
- How was my body affected by the alcoholism in my house?
- Laying awake at night worrying — tired and sleepy all the time.
- “Knot in my stomach” — From “awfulizing” and “catastrophizing” the future and worrying about the present.
- Anger and resentment — tension in my body — muscle pain
- I had no energy for anything other than stewing about my situation.
- No exercise
- Poor eating habits (junk food)
- Weight gain
- Resulting in even less energy
- The things I did to try to dull the pain.
- My own drinking
- Feedback effects
- Not taking care of my body leads to loss of energy
- Leading to depressed feelings.
- And worry about my health.
- Without the energy to “fix” it..
- Leading to more not taking care of my body.
- How does recovery change things?
- Letting go
- When I can “let go and let God”, I can loosen the knot of worry. I can relax the tension of anger and resentment. I can get go bed at a reasonable time, because I’m not sitting up late with worry or anger (or both!)
- “Take care of myself”
- Easier to do when I start letting go of taking care of my loved one.
- Eat “right”.
- Get some exercise.
- Getting enough sleep.
- Practice being still
- Relaxing physical tension
- HALT — Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired — When I am these things, I am more likely to “act out”. Being aware of the state of my body can help me live a calmer, more serene life.
- Putting myself (my health, my well-being) first
- Putting on my own oxygen mask
- Learning to support rather than control
- Practicing gratitude and acceptance
From Courage to Change: January 21, July 21, August 16, December 19.
From How Al-Anon Works: Chapter 12, Taking Care of Ourselves.
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