In this GREAT quit lit book I just finished reading, Tired of Thinking About Drinking by Belle Robertson, she says to make a list of anywhere between 10 to 60 different things you can do or try if you ever feel yourself slipping. It kinda goes back to the whole “toolbox” tactic. Since I’m pretty much starting over–now on day two–I thought I’d give this a shot. It never hurts to have a plan in place.
So here are my top 20 ideas (in no particular order):
- Journal and/or blog every day for at least the first 30 days
- Read other sober blogs
- Listen to sober podcasts
- At night, to fight a craving, take a long, hot bath instead. Or do a facemask. Or paint my nails. Any kind of selfcare would do the trick
- Remove all alcohol from my house or have my husband hide it
- Give myself milestone treats, especially planning in advance for the big ones like 30, 60, 90, and 100 days sober. Actually put the “treats” in my Amazon shopping cart or write them down on my calendar
- Go to bed early if I’m feeling crappy. And make no excuses to my husband that I’m not staying up with him to watch a mindless TV show
- Keep up a workout routine. Try new exercises! Shake things up!
- Read a passage from the Bible every morning before walking into work (or before hitting my pillow at night)
- Take pictures of things I’m grateful for–a pretty flower, a beautiful sunset, my daughter giggling because of the dog, my son curled up in a blanket–and post it on Instagram, no caption needed
- Allow myself to guiltlessly leave social events early if I’m struggling. Speak to my husband about this beforehand.
- Post more with sober Facebook groups
- If I find myself bored around the house, declutter or organize something, one drawer or one cabinet at a time
- Try yoga
- Attend a church group
- Go back to cardio tennis or drop in on an adult drill session
REALIZE THAT THIS LIST NEVER ENDS. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW I CAN TRY!!!