Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bad decisions can be made right!

Chinese proverb:

"If you must participate, decide three things from the very beginning: the game rules, the stake in the game, and when it is time to stop."

I think that sometimes it can be only right to give up. To give up one thing could mean a new, better, beginning of another thing. Sometimes it can concern one's whole life situation. To stop fighting just because you many years ago made ​​a decision that did not give what you had hoped for. Rather than continue to fight and struggle your way to try to achieve this, dare to give up and accept: I have put years of my energy on this but it does not give the results I hoped for. I accept it and leave it at that. Instead, I choose to start anew and go where I have tailwind.

Just because you once made ​​a bad decision does not necessarily mean you have to continue to live by it ... You can make new decisions!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stress management

Many of the problems relatives are experiencing physically and psychologically, is a result of prolonged stress. Relatives often live under constant stress and fear, sometimes for many years. It naturally has consequences, on both your physical and psychical wellbeing.

Therefore I'll give you some tips on stress management: 
 * Exercise mindfulness! The method is based on meditiation techniques and psychological knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Research has shown good results for people with depression and stress. 

* Physical activity! Also physical activity has shown good results for people who are experiencing stress and are depressed. A little physical activity is better than nothing! 15 minutes every day is a good first step.

* Go out and enjoy nature! Nature has a calming effect. Smell and appearance of trees, flowers, water ... 

* Sleep! Make sure you sleep! You need recovery and a peaceful sleep. Switch off your phone at night and have the same routine every night. This makes it easier to fall asleep. If you experience very restless sleep, difficulty sleeping or wake up in the small hours at 03:00, then it may be time to talk about your problem to a doctor. 

* Laugh! Treat yourself to humor and joy in everyday life. Watch a comedy, go for fun theater or stand-up comedy, or spend time with a friend you can laugh along with. 

* Say no! Recognize your limitations and that you need time to take care of yourself. Prioritize yourself!

You are No. 1! Take care of yourself!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Serenity Prayer

"God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."


The Serenity Prayer is a Christian prayer written by the American priest and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr 1926 (Wikipedia). This prayer is common in the 12-step community and can be very helpful to meditate and reflect on as a relative to a person suffering from addiction. It gives a new perspective and insight into the choices made daily.  

A challenge may be to every morning take a few minutes to reflect on this prayer!

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