Lifering’s e-mail groups are active, thriving communities of people who use them as strong sources of sobriety support, and many members often post remarkably written sources of inspiration, hope and encouragement that many other group members call “Keepers” – posts that they save for themselves so they can go back and look at them as often as they like.
We here at LifeRing like sharing these posts, with the authors’ permission, on our Blog so that everyone can enjoy them as much as our group members do.
In keeping with our recent “Essential Recovery Toolkit”, here is an example of what one delightful member of LifeRing’s list community, Angela Nolan, shared about emphasizing relaxation as part of her toolkit:
I am reading a book called (warning, cliche’ ahead!) “I Want to Change My Life: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Addiction” by Stephen M. Melemis, Ph.D., M.D. The first part of the book is all about learning to relax and using the breath and the body to relax the mind. I have been doing some of the exercises daily and one of them is our own dear Jane’s deep belly breathing. Should’ve known.
Anyway, below is a quote from the book and I am finding it very helpful. I’ve been through a lot, especially in the past few years, and my drinking didn’t help, but only extremely aggravated all of it. I realize that one of my big problems/triggers is letting stress get to me and I have been through the most serious stress since the surgery.
I’ve been sober again two weeks (and finished the klonopin taper 3 days ago) and by practicing relaxation, I think I’ve made it a lot easier on myself. Not only that, but I think if I keep these good practices going, they could lead me into the sobriety that is going to sustain me for the rest of my life.
Quote from the book:
“When you are tense, you blur the line between what happens around you and what you feel inside. When you’re tense, it feels as if things are happening to you instead of happening around you. Therefore you try to control them. It feels like people are going out of their way to irritate. But when you’re relaxed, you see things as simply happening, which makes it easier to let them go. Learning to relax doesn’t make you passive. It is efficient . Mind-body relaxation doesn’t involve letting go of what’s important. You learn how to let go of what’s holding you back.”
Here’s to all of us letting go of what’s holding us back.