Relieving Crisis Mode

Many of us are so used to setting ourselves up for crisis when we come to 12 Step programs.  In many cases we were raised in a family environment of one crisis after the other.  While we don’t like being in that heightened state of alert that crisis requires, it’s somewhat comfortable or familiar for us because we know how to operate in that mode so effectively.  From a brain perspective, some of us are physiologically locked in that state.  This is an instinct survival state.  Seeking professional help to relieve us of the physical state of stress to our bodies, in partnership with working the 12 Steps, is a solution.  And it is a sign of strength when we seek that help.

When we work the 12 Steps and start to see the miracles of the Program, we learn that it isn’t necessary to continue living our lives in this anxious state of hyper vigilance and stress.  We start to set ourselves up for success instead of failure.  We keep our eyes on our own side of the street, and just take care of our business instead of everyone elses.  We stop making outrageous demands of others and lighten up about how our life operates on a daily basis.  We slow down and make more room for what is most important to us.  We may still get an adrenaline rush from the high of the crisis, but we don’t have to anymore.  Instead we can learn how to feel satsified about creating a space for calm and peace to infiltrate our days.  It takes so much less energy and is immensely satisfying.  It also allows us to be more present for ourselves, and for others in more appropriate ways, so that we can be of maximum service to our Higher Power.  This is a great gift that we give ourselves, and all those around us.

Affirmation for the Day – ” I am taking action for my own healing.”

Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.

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