• ckincade posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago

    Hello all! I stumbled across this site today & tried to register, however it said my email already existed. I got in & saw that I was on here almost 4 years ago & I don’t even remember. Wow! Just another example of the fact that I need to realize that I need an alcohol free life. I’m so tired of this vicious cycle. It’s exhausting. I would like to ask for your help, please.
    Would you share your best tips you’ve used early on to get some traction going? I can’t seem to get past 3 or 4 days.

    • Hi Lucy! Great ideas. Thank you so much!! I definitely need to up my water intake for sure! My worse time is when I get home from work. I feel like I could just go take a nap, but have to get supper, clean up supper, get the kids showered, etc, etc. I need to find a way to change up the evening routine & make it less hectic/triggering.

      • @ckincade – Making some routine changes will help – not everything can be changed all at once, baby steps. Decide what wee tweaks you wanna make this week and enjoy the benefit of those – can’t believe you already registered – oh yes I can – any of us on here could have done that! Good luck 🙂

    • @suzkep – Thank you! Yes, & I am horrible with the all or nothing/go big thinking. I have to get outta my head & go slow. I think meal planning is going to be my tweak this week. That way if I have something prepped or in the crock pot then I can sit or read or watch something for a bit & not feel so overwhelmed & stressed in trying to get things done.

    • Listening to podcasts and sober talks, books, help… try Katherine grey or Claire pooley, I find when I waiver or feel like wavering I listen to sober stuff… also alcohol free beer helps, feels like a grown up drink and tastes good… you can do this xx

    • I started keeping a journal and it was really helpful, if I was having a rough evening I could just pour it all out on paper, and I started taking morning walks, getting outdoors in the morning set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Taking a good magnesium glycinate supplement can help, you’re body needs it to deal with stress hormones and heavy drinkers are usually magnesium depleted.

    • Hi and welcome @ckincade. Here’s a link to an article written by Mrs-D. It was a huge help for me in the early days to get some traction. Hope it will help.

      Strategies for Early Recovery

    • @ckincade I did that too, tried to register then realised I had a few years ago. This time I was ready though and this could be your time too! The first 4 days were hardest for me so if you can stretch past that you will see it does get easier. Try and get rid of any non essential commitments and give yourself a break for the first couple of weeks. You can do it!

    • Thank you so much everyone for sharing!! So far so good! I’ve got my evenings (which are my worst witching hours) planned the next few nights, so hopefully that will give me some traction to surpass that first few days where I usually get hung up.

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