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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by LunarSlingShot, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:16 AM.
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careful, you'll poke yer eye out!
After reading the OP try NA meetings. If you cant function without a substance, be it booze or pot or meth or coke, you need help.
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Play music, play video games, go to 12 step meetings, call guys and talk about what's bothering me and read books.
Exercise has been good medicine for a long time. Not a go to gym type but keep active and keep at it. Now long ago it was part of getting unhealthy matters in my life under control. It took more than a year of staying at it and then it was easy.
Some things like my mountain biking, skiing or fooling with my long board are particularly good because the concentration required gets your mind free from other stuff.
I do have a lot of empathy right now. I'm in leadership in a crazy sector of "essential worker". I'm feeling the medicine I preach here even with crazy long days. Last night I forced a 1.5 mile walk in the cold rain. The change and what exercise does to heart rate was a free and effective drug.
A good well balanced diet and working hard to have meal time with the kids has been effective medicine.
Seek help. Years ago I was laughed at for reading a book about your brain at work but that was helpful. I keep a crib sheet with a few quotes from that and other good sources.
I wish you luck and can't change any policies you're under but I can say this learn to moderate, be active and think about what your brain does at work made all the difference. It also takes time. It was a year+ of diet, exercise and general moderation when it became sustainable and easy.
P.S. I also made time to do volunteering. It might sound crazy but that puts you in a circle of good people doing good things. You can bring your family into it. It's not just helped me but I see it's become something one of my kids keeps at.
"I also made time to do volunteering. It might sound crazy but that puts you in a circle of good people doing good things."
That is not only good for the mind, it's good for the soul and the spirit. Volunteering taught me there are many, many people that do not have the blessings in life I have. And I am not a religious person in the least--so don't interpret this as preaching. But it's true.
See if your employer has an EAP program allowing you access to counselors or other professionals.
Prior to that which cannot be mentioned I went to the gym 5 or 6 times a week. Now in the midst of that which cannot be mentioned, I have a professional grade exercise bike, which I purchased 13 years ago and is still going strong, and I just bought a bench and some dumbbells off of Craigstlist and will continue to work out 5 or 6 times a week.
I have no problem with adult substances, even though I don't use them myself, but they don't fix anything, they just hide the problem.
I’m thankfully retired so I don’t have the stress from work anymore. However, I was about to crawl out of my skin from being couped up in the house all day. Last week I started taking a long walk in the mornings. I can’t believe something that simple has helped so much. As others have recommended, get into some type of exercise routine. Doing anything productive that can divert your focus from work, or the 24/7 media coverage of our new reality is a benefit. Hang in there brother.
Put that energy into good use. I split wood:
Lots of options and some really good suggestions here.
I highly recommend talking therapy with a licensed professional trained to deal with your specific issues.
Whatever you end up choosing, this is something you can begin with now
Prove 3M Wrong!!!
Maybe a new job?
Does your employer's change in policy also include random or periodic testing?
Run, run, and run some more until you drop. Don’t listen to music, don’t zone out your mind by taking it someplace to hide.
That’s what I do, anyways. There are other elements to this I can’t really discuss here. But yeah, guitars.
From Slash to Jim Hall?!?
Good for you!!!
and some seriously Physical effort.
It's not gonna work in the scheme of things right now - but any kind of competition is pretty good. Tennis, racquetball, hoops, soccer. I'm not too sure about the less physical sports like golf darts pickleball bowling pool... but having a focused outlet can be helpful. Splitting wood would probably be pretty great too - maybe @Obsessed could use a hand!
The changing habits thing is really hard, and as others have advised - might require some help.
Ill be 70 at the end of this ( just around the corner ) year. I don't have anything pinned up anymore. I flat out don't give a DAMN! What is-Is. One thing I know for sure, I aint dying young.
I sometimes vent on the volunteer grammar/spelling police.
it makes me feel better.
Sorry for the sarcasm. I know this can be a serious thing.
but to put it as simply as possible- for me, being aware of my mood and temperament is a start, but my response is usually to both recognize the causes and triggers, and remind myself the mood and temperament are a choice on my part. I am responsible for, and in control of me.
Others? I accept that I cant fix that.
Chainsaw...firewood. An axe helps.