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After Quitting Alcohol – Having Quiet Time is Sanity Essential | SDA14

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(0.15) What’s Going On!
(0.38) Ups and Downs
(1.42) Tip of the Week
(2.01) Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
(2.41) My Daily Quiet Time
Also — Short Meditation Routine

This is Alcohol Mastery, my name’s Kevin O’Hara and welcome to the Thursday Tally number 14.  Later on I’ll be talking about getting some daily quiet time, this should be an essential part of your day.

What’s Going On!

I added a couple more videos to the website this week…

One of them was whether or not I’ve lost any weight since I stopped drinking…

And the other one was about how long does the tiredness last…

By the way, go over to the website and have a look at the videos over there because I always add a bit more to the posts…

Stuff that I don’t add to the videos…

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs for the week…

I had a good friend who came down from Holland to see us during the week; she stayed with us for a few days… Not a great drinker… but it’s just one of those times that you always associate with drink, people coming down… the sun is shining… everyone’s sat out on the balcony…

My sister came down yesterday… she is a drinker…

It was actually great to sit there with her and have a “piss-up” without me actually drinking… I enjoyed myself… I had a good time…

I lost another pound this week which is a good thing…

The brain farts are also coming fewer, and fewer, and fewer, and farther between…

Tonight, we’re going out with my brother… it’s his birthday… up to Jaen…haven’t been up there in a while…

…it was the big drinking place for me…
…it’s just another one of those things!…
…it’s another part of life to enjoy…

Tip of the Week

My tip of the week is to get some daily quiet time…

It’s very important…

To get away on your own…
…to reflect…
…to think about things…
….just to be quiet…
…whatever…
…look at the view…Don't-Sweat-the-Small-Stuff

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

One of my favourite books is “Don’t sweat the small stuff” by Richard Carlson.

He talks about this in one of the chapters…
He says that after a busy day’s work, coming home from the commute, he always stops about two minutes away from where he lives.

He’ll pull over the car – he’s got a favourite spot – and he’ll look at the view, or he’ll centre himself, he’ll just calm himself before he goes home…

And he says by the time he arrives home then he’s had that little bit of space – a gap between the work day and going into his house to greet his family – and he said everyone appreciates it…

My Daily Quiet Time

Myself, at the beginning especially, I used to… say we’re going out to a restaurant, or place where I’d normally have a drink where I was feeling tense, or irritated, or something like that… I’d always leave for two or three minutes…

Come out of the restaurant, come out of the bar, my family’s home, and walk around for two or three minutes…

…or lock myself in the toilet….

It’s whatever you can do to get that little bit of head space… and just calm yourself down, do a couple of breathing exercises, center myself, get myself together… otherwise I’d be going mad!

Daily-Quiet-Time

Short Meditation Routine

This might sound a bit ‘out there’ or ‘away with the fairies’, but I’ve started to do some meditation…

I’m not talking about the sit cross legged, chant for hours, try and find my inner self type of meditation (although I wish I could get inside myself like that!)

It’s more about sitting quietly with my eyes closed, breathing deeply, and calming everything…

It’s something I’ve learned doing Kundalini Yoga…

You only need to do it for 3 – 5 minutes, more if you want…

Sit in a comfortable position, or lie, or stand, whichever is best… the keyword is comfortable…

Start taking a deep slow breath through your nose, first expanding your belly and diaphragm, then expanding your chest… your belly and chest should be fully expanded so you can’t take in any more air…

Hold it for a couple of seconds…

Now slowly release the air, trying to release from the chest first, then the belly… sucking the diaphragm all the way in….

Let your thoughts wander where they will…

The object is to relax and centre yourself…

I’ve been doing this for a couple of months, right after my morning exercise routine… It’s a pleasant way to bridge the tense workout routine and my first coffee of the morning… bliss!

Thursday Tally 14

So that’s the Thursday Tally 14.

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Contact me directly by sending me an email at kevinohara@alcoholmastery.com or by using the comment section in any of these forums…
Thanks for watching.
Onwards and Upwards!

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