ADDICTION

Pinocchio: A Metaphor for Recovery

Pinocchio: A Metaphor for Recovery

Sometimes it is helpful to relate your experiences to something else, in order to more clearly understand it. The movie, “Pinocchio,” can be used as a metaphor for addiction, Jiminy Cricket as their “sober selves” or conscience, and becoming a real boy without “strings” as ultimate recovery.

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ANGER & ANXIETY

10 Ways to Deal with Anger

10 Ways to Deal with Anger

1. Thank it. Anger is your body’s way of saying that there MAY be a threat of some sort. Anger often protects you from fear (Fight or flee). 2. Make a choice about the best way to use your energy to get closer to your goals….

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DEPRESSION

10 Ways to Deal with Depression

10 Ways to Deal with Depression

Get Enough Quality Sleep. Quality sleep is essential to having good memory, concentration, energy and mood. It is also one of the easiest things to improve. Eat Well. Your body makes the brain chemicals needed to help you focus and stay motivated from the foods you eat. You don't have to be a health nut, but getting adequate protein and a variety of dairy, grains and vegetables is essential. Begin with the end in mind.

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DISTRESS TOLERANCE & EMOTION REGULATION

Working a Happiness Program

Working a Happiness Program

There are many aspects to working a recovery program or developing a Happiness Lifestyle. Each day presents it's own unique challenges, so it is important to have the basics in place which include: Mindful self-awareness, and an action plan which includes social support and vulnerability prevention to deal with life on life's terms. All of these are tools to working a well-rounded program. No one thing is more important than the other. In a Happiness Lifestyle you will not always be deliriously happy, because life always has challenges, disappointments and irritants. However, you will have the knowledge that you deserve to be happy, and the distress is tolerable and will not go on forever.

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MIND-BODY CONNECTION

Where Do Emotions Come From? Understanding The Mind Body Connection

Where Do Emotions Come From? Understanding The Mind Body Connection

Your brain is the main control center of the body. You experience the world through your senses. When the sensory input reaches the brain it figures out what the information means, based on prior learning experiences, and what to do about it. For example, when you are driving and you see a yellow light, based on your prior experiences, your body sends the signals out to either slow down or speed up.

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MINDFULNESS

10 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Improve Self Care

10 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Improve Self Care

Mindfulness is the process or act of being aware of what you are feeling emotionally and physically, what you are thinking, what you are needing and what is going on around you at any point in time FLOAT:
Focus– Clear your mind of noise and focus on the present moment. Let go of judgement. Observe your thoughts. Awareness of your environment. Thankful for the experience…

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MOTIVATION & GOAL SETTING

10 Ways to Find Life Balance

10 Ways to Find Life Balance

It can be difficult to balance all the competing priorities—work, family, exercise, other “adulting.” Here are a few tips to help you find more balance. 1. Create a calendar and block out the must-dos, 2. Combine, 3. Simplify, 4. Sharpen the saw…

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RELATIONSHIPS & INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

10 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety

10 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety

Minimize stimulants. Stimulants including caffeine, nicotine, decongestants, certain herbs and sugar can all give you a jittery feeling which you can mistake for anxiety.
Know your temperament. Extroverts love being around people and draw energy from them. Introverts get …Know your triggers. Social anxiety may be worse if you are dealing with an authority figure or someone you are trying to impress. You may also feel more anxious in certain situations. Create an anxiety list. Create an exposure hierarchy.

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RELAPSE PREVENTION

4 Stages of Relapse

4 Stages of Relapse

Relapse is a process, it's not an event that starts weeks or even months before the event of actual relapse (return to use). There are four stages of relapse: Emotional, Physical, Mental and Social.

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