500 days ago I stopped drinking alcohol. But, why? It feels like I’ve turned my back on one of my best friends; we were inseparable. You’d almost never see me…
LiveBreatheRide began as a sort of personal journal for my own mental health. Writing is very therapeutic and helps decipher many mind battles I endure. As time passed and I…
Shane Kelton is collecting stories about mental health. In February 2019 Shane started a podcast and not long after that, a website & blog. Collaborating with other businesses, he set…
Woooooaaaaah, we’re halfway there! Wooooaaaahh, sober half the yeeeearrrr!
Six whole months sober is totally something to sing about. In today’s world, there are so many damn temptations, addictions and dopamine producers. We sit for hours on end mindlessly scrolling on our phones in hopes of passing time while we procrastinate on the things we’re meant to be achieving. And in the current set up, where we’re not really allowed to do almost anything, a good solid booze drinking session sounds like a pretty sweet idea. But I don’t even care about that. Why the fuck not?
Four months without alcohol is, as expected, offering me some turbulent emotions and mind chatter. I apologise if this post doesn’t make sense. Symbolically, Melbourne’s weather has turned to shit just as I flood with emotions of every type. Our steel shed rattles as high winds are blowing all sorts of thoughts around, threatening to knock everything down. Interestingly enough, it is the exact thing bringing forward such wild and uncertain thoughts that is also fetching a sort of clarity I don’t think I have ever seen. Read on. Let’s see where this takes us!
Currently, my mental health is turbulent at best. As I edge onto 4 months sober, my worst fears are presenting themselves thick and fast but I’m also experiencing huge highs. Fighting off negative thoughts, I employ a few tried and tested techniques to get me through. Today’s post is all about sifting through some of my preferred ones and delving into how I use them. Let’s Go!
100 Days Sober. The 100 day mark is one I’ve often feared. As mentioned in previous posts, my energy levels skyrocket when I’m sober and 100 days is the previous record. A racing mind, lack of attention and inability to stop forced a what I saw as a need to crack open a drink and ‘switch off’. So is this year different? How can I make it through these turbulent times?
If you follow the meme world, you’ll understand we’re in the time of Karen and her “Can I speak to your manager” hair cut. That complaining is the only way to get your point across. Everyone has a story of when the man tried to do them wrong. When they needed to argue their way to the top. Raising their voice and demanding change was the only way they could get what they wanted. Having run a small business for a number of years, you better believe I have my own experiences. But of all those times, has complaining ever got me anywhere? Did raising my voice and belittling someone actually work? When the council tried to impose certain things, was it my constant complaints that got the changes?