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Jan. 27th, 2010

02:28 pm - Overwhelmed

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I sponsor 9 women in Narcotics Anonymous, work full time, have a husband, go to a treatment center to take meetings to the clients and attend NA meetings in my hometown. Needless to say, I am completely overwhelmed sometimes. I have a tendency to caretake everyone else in my life and completely forget about me. My sponsor gets on me about this all the time. What is so crazy is that alot of times I don't know how to just stop and take a deep breath and take care of myself. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas that they use to just slow down and breath?

Current Location: work
Current Mood: indescribable


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Date:January 28th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
The very first thing I do in the morning is my morning prayer to the Goddess that I worship, so I know that I get some time in to give thanks to my hp. At the end of the day, when things seem a little nutty, I make time for a 10 minute walk, as a moving meditation. If you work, this can be a perfect opportunity to reconnect with yourself, and put things in perspective, so do this maybe during a lunch break or something.

If things seem a little crazy later in the day, I take 5 minutes to do a guided meditation, or I write a page in my journal.

One thing I have learned is if I cannot stay connected and true to myself, I have nothing to give someone else. It's all about making the most of the time that you do have.

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Date:January 28th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
I think that you just have to put some me time on your schedule. If it helps to step outside of yourself and see yourself as another person that you are taking time to help then do that.
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