Trudging Through It Sober and with a Smile
I am feeling quite overwhelmed by my jobs workload. It seems that I am living and breathing work! And then house work and kids and oh…. When is this going to end! Of course in many ways I am very grateful that I have a job, especially since so many have had been out of work due to the United States federal government shutdown – I tell ya, as I am writing this out, is sounds crazy but it is very real!
So I am just trying to keep it all together, trying not to freak out and have a nervous breakdown or something. I know my coworkers have their own ways to deal. The other day I asked one of them how he deals with the stress, he replied – “Lots of Bourbon!” – HA HA ! I told him that if I did that he would not see me ever again. We laughed about it; I wonder if he even believed me, but I know that is true. Maybe not the very next day, or one after that, but eventually the drink would take over and I would probably just quit coming to work – and yes, been there, done that!
So I have my own ways to deal, first of all I take deep breaths and frequent breaks during the work day. I eat and drink (water) regularly – forgetting to eat makes me even more crazy! I take my multivitamin daily, and I try to get a good night’s sleep, which is a bit hard when you’re overwhelmed and stressed. But I have learned that the serenity prayer does wonder for this, I just repeat it over and over, till I fall asleep. Here is my version with a little personal line:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
Strength to continue to be kind to others (even though I want to ____ them)
And the wisdom to know the difference
Another thing I like to do is to listen to some angry music, like NIN and Disturbed for release of frustration, and then some calming jazzy music like Macy Gray and Joss Stone to relax. For me MUSIC is really the best for stress! There is always a song that can get me through! And of course I call my sponsor and email my BFF! I also go to a meeting when I can and I read lots of sober blogs. And speaking of blogs, you my friends have been writing like crazy, today alone I got 15 notifications! Woot Woot – perfect timing! I am very grateful, thank you!
Oh… and I know that some of what I am feeling is of my own making. I have this great ability of making things really huge when they may not be. Well the work load is huge indeed, but I am sure it will all be done in due time. And I am sure that the world will not blow up if it is not! So I have to remind myself to stay in today and only focus on what is directly in front of me!
One day at a time
One foot in front of the other
I heard this little line on “The Middle” show tonight, the ending line was – We all go through tough patches, you just have to hunker down and ride it out!
Well, happy Wednesday,
here is a little something that is guaranteed to make you laugh!
How are you doing this week?
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