3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

Hello loves, ❤

Thank you Ingrid Madison Ave for nominating me for the 3 Day Quote Challenge.

Here we are for day 2, if you missed day 1 you can find it here 🙂

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  4. Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

 

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Another great quote that I absolutely love! This quote may look a little familiar to you as this is on the home page of my blog ❤ This quote was once told to me in my early days of blogging & once again STUCK TO ME, just like yesterdays one I mentioned.

I love that powerful quotes can get you through dark times, I am so happy that I look at quotes this way as it really helps me mentally ❤

As much as we harm ourselves mentally, put ourselves down, think negative, overthink everything, self doubt etc we can use the same amount of energy to HEAL OURSELVES & praise ourselves, think positive & live life to our fullest with an uplifting attitude.

Instead of giving all our attention to negative things, if we give attention to positive things then our lives will seem a little less chaotic ❤

My Nominees:

I can’t wait to see the quotes you love & why ❤

Stay tuned for Day 3’s quote ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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*Guest Appearance* Seeking Serenity?

Hello loves ❤

I hope you are all well – We have a lovely guest here today with us, Michelle from Recovery Pride who has provided a lovely peace on Seeking Serenity.

Seeking Serenity? Here’s How to Stay Positive and Guilt-Free While in Addiction Recovery

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Addiction recovery is tough. The journey to sobriety triggers difficult thoughts and emotions. There are feelings of shame and guilt over past behaviors. There are feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. You might struggle to forgive yourself and others. You might even wonder whether God (or your Higher Power) has outcasted you.

 

Luckily, addiction doesn’t have to be the end of the road for you. There are many ways to maintain a positive mindset. That way, you can move beyond those dark feelings and regain your happiness and your life. Here are some tips and techniques for keeping a positive mindset and reducing feelings of guilt and shame if you’re in addiction recovery:

 

Read Spiritual and Self-Help Books. Your faith can actually benefit your mental and emotional health while also helping you recover from addiction. According to one study, “The more religious a person was, the fewer depressive symptoms they experienced.” Research shows attending church, practicing a religion, and/or having faith in God or a Higher Power can calm the mind by reducing stress and anxiety. By regularly reading faith-based, life-affirming books, you can maintain a healthy, positive mindset, which is crucial to healing and recovery.

Create Your Own Daily Ritual. Rituals, such as a daily yoga practice, prayer, religious singing, and even meditation can all create positive physiological changes. These practices can lower blood pressure and heart rate, boost the immune system, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s no wonder that spirituality helps those in recovery learn to better navigate triggers, reduce cravings, and stay on a healthy, sober path!

Let Go and Let God. As they say in AA meetings, recovery involves surrendering your need to control your life, your circumstances, and those around you. Surrender might start with a daily prayer or meditation. It could begin at church. It involves letting go and knowing God will handle it for you.

If you’re clinging to guilt, shame, or negativity, you might write a letter to God, combining two profoundly healing practices: writing and religion. In your letter, specifically state what you would like to be forgiven or what you would like to be relieved of. Speak from your heart and remember: this is an honest, private conversation between yourself and God.

Talk to a Trained Professional. Getting to the root of your addiction will be a confusing and emotional experience, but understanding your substance abuse completely is an important step in conquering it. One way to do this is by talking to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or professional therapist who specializes in addiction recovery. Depending upon your level of addiction, another option might be to stay longer-term at an addiction rehabilitation facility. Additionally, marriage and/or family counseling can help facilitate healthy conversations with your loved ones and pave the way for stronger relationships.

The techniques listed above are powerful, even if you’re not in addiction recovery. Of course, for those who are currently recovering from addiction or alcoholism, this advice will really hit home. As you journey out of the woods of addiction and into the light of recovery, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It can literally mean the difference between life and death when it comes to addiction recovery. Above all else, be patient with yourself; you are building a healthier, happier way of living.

 


 

Thank you again to Michelle for providing such a beautiful peace ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Let Go Of Negative Thoughts

Hello loves, ❤

 

“What if leaves refused to let go of their dying leaves?… letting go lets us grow.”  –unknown

Inspired by the season, I would like to share with you some tried and tested ways that we too can let go of the parts of us that we no longer need, are causing us suffering and inhibiting our growth.

 

  1. BE PRESENT

I know I speak about this a lot but it really is a vital point if we want to live happier lives. Consider this, if we are having negative thoughts about a situation we are usually dwelling on what has occurred or worrying about what is possibly going to happen. If we can stop our mind jumping to conclusions about what could happen, or being trapped by what has happened, we can bring it back to the here and now which is more than likely a pleasant moment. Meditation practice can help increase our awareness of when our mind is running away from us, and when this happens we are able to recognise what is happening and draw our thoughts back to the present moment.

 

  1. FIND THE ROOT

Sometimes we snap at our friends, family or even strangers for reasons we cannot explain. We CAN explain the reason, we just have to first dig into our minds and find the root to the problem. Maybe it is something someone has said that has upset us, a possible confrontation, it could be anything. Taking some time to sort through the clutter that is our mind to find the root cause and then dealing with that situation will eliminate any manifesting bad feelings.

Has anyone ever asked you to not think about something? For example; a red pen. As much as you try, you constantly think about that red pen? Imagine your negative thoughts are like that, if we try to eliminate them, our mind latches on harder. Give your mind some freedom to think, it will help relax the grip on the thought so it is more able to dissipate.

 

  1. WHY DO YOU NEED TO LET GO?

We hold onto negative thoughts and emotions because we feel that we are supposed to, or need to. Ask yourself for a moment, “why am I holding onto these feelings/person?”, “How will my life change for the better if I let go of this?”, “What is the biggest reason I must let this go?”

By finding the answers to these questions we are motivating the mind and creating a drive to change that is fed by our emotions. Letting go of something can be time consuming and difficult, we are going to want the right motivation to spur us on.

 

  1. CHANGE THE ENDING

When we are consumed by negative thoughts and feelings it is difficult to bring ourselves back to the present moment, so an alternative is to change the ending of our story. If the mind has created a disastrous conclusion, we must question the truth of it, “what is the absolute worst that could happen?” Usually the worst thing that could happen is really not so bad, or is extremely unlikely. “Has that happened previously? If so, why would it occur again?” By questioning the truth of our thoughts we are able to put things into a more realistic perspective.

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” -Hermann Hesse

 

  1. CHOOSE THE POSITIVE

Put in place right now, some emergency positive for yourself. Create a playlist that makes your heart sing, ensure there is a light hearted book beside your bed to bring you a smile, find an uplifting podcast series that makes you feel motivated and uplifted, know which friends or family members always say the right things to ease your mind, and save their number to your favourites.

By finding what brings us joy in the day to day, we are more equipped to pull ourselves from the despair caused by negative thoughts. We have a readily available option that we know can cheer our soul. In a dark moment, decide that it is time to stop wallowing and embrace the positive. We KNOW we will feel better (even marginally) as soon as we are engaged with our positive habit.

Some may say this is temporary distraction, but this is as necessary as every other tip listed here, sometimes we cannot break the grip on a negative downward spiral, our mind is latched on and won’t let go.

 

  1. REFLECTION

Practice reflection and gratitude. Interrupt a negative thought pattern by taking a walk or watching a sunset and reflect upon the little wonders of life. Keep a daily gratitude journal where you write three things each day you are grateful for and have it handy to look at in times where we need clarity.

 

  1. PRACTICE SELF CARE

This is the most important point here, the best way to keep our minds free from negative thoughts and feelings is to practice self care. It is so important for our minds that we get plenty of sleep, 7-9 hours depending on the individual. We must feed and hydrate our bodies so that we are in optimum health physically and mentally. Exercise is so important, exercise releases endorphin’s which make us feel good. Avoid alcohol and drugs, alcohol is a depressant, even if you feel better in the moment, overall it will make you feel worse. Seek counsel from a professional, if you are really struggling with your thoughts and feelings then seeing a counsellor may help you talk through some of the issues and they may be able to give you further exercises and techniques to increase your resistance to negative thinking.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Blog Share #4

Another blog share, speechless again – thank you very much ZKHistory for taking the time to blog share not only 1… But 4 of my posts on to your blog.

You can find them here:

I am very grateful to see that my lovely followers are enjoying enough what they are reading to even re-blog this or even blog share it, it means alot to me, more than you will ever know.

I really want to provide on my website what people want to see – please share any thoughts you have on what I should be posting more of & I will try my best to deliver that content.