The helpful tools we learn to keep us on track are so simple. Take for example, H.A.L.T. It stands for hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. When any one of these are present it makes me vulnerable.
Without a good night’s sleep – say I only slept for 2-3 hours – my concentration is off, my emotional stability is compromised, and I can actually become weepy later in the day which can be embarrassing or at the least, inconvenient. When this sleep deprivation happens every once in a while, it’s important for me to do extra self-care tasks; take a nap, make sure to eat well, reach out to someone who knows me well and ask for support if needed, say the Serenity Prayer, do an extra Gratitude List, or recite extra Affirmations or pop in the Louise Hay “You Can Heal Your Life” DVD (see the link right, to order). These methods all help restore my composure for the day.
These tools help us identify activities that maintain balance in our lives. When hungry, we can eat. When lonely or angry, we can reach out to others on the phone or go to a 12 Step meeting. Especially when angry, we can practice the direction on page 552, of the AA Big Book – and it works. There is no need to suffer, nor is it necessary to inflict our suffering on people with whom we connect each day. When we use these simple tools – even if things get a little worse first (which can happen) – for the most part life is better in short order. My personal experience confirms it. But, we only gain personal experience of these results when we do what is suggested. It works, if we work it.
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am taking care of me. ”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
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