Earthy post…

Thank you Janis Theron for some practical ideas for saving the planet…

How can we all lighten our footprints on Earth?

Janis Theron

So what can we do, each and every tiny individual that we are in the bigger picture of the present Environmental Crisis?

15 Steps Towards Living More Sustainably

  1. Do you really need to go shopping again? Shop once a month in bulk and locally
  2. If you do have to go shopping, avoid plastic and read the label – how can you help someone else/the natural environment?
  3. Avoid all processed foods (read labels) and support local businesses only
  4. Be water wise – save and reuse; indigenous garden
  5. Green your home – solar, grey water, compost, recycling, vege garden
  6. Choose renewable energies
  7. Eat less meat, eat more plants
  8. Choose to have a smaller family
  9. Recycle – make compost; shop at charity shops and donate to them too
  10. Grow your own veggies; keep chickens and even pigs if you can
  11. Don’t buy any disposables – coffees, food, wet wipes, plastic knives and forks, etc
  12. Rely less on your car – use a car pool, public transport, bicycles and walking
  13. Use your voice and vote, sign petitions, stand up for Earth, join a green organisation
  14. Buy Fair Trade products; use Responsible Travel ethics and Sustainable Tourism if you have to go anywhere…
  15. EDUCATE YOURSELF AND TRY HARDER

 

Read more about it on these environmental organisation websites:

9 things to tell yourself when you want a drink..

9 Things To Tell Yourself When You Want To Drink

By Beth Leipholtz 03/23/16 – www.thefix.com

At the end of the day, I am equipped with the tools I need to confront an array of emotions, and none of those tools involve picking up a drink.

Alcoholics wouldn’t be alcoholics if they didn’t want to drink every now and then, even after they’ve become somewhat established in sobriety and have a few years under their belts.

For me, it’s part of the disease to often wish I could be like “normal” people and go out, have a few drinks, then come home and have all be well with the world.

But realistically, that isn’t what would happen if I drank. I wouldn’t have a “few” drinks. I’d have lots and lots of drinks, and it would soon become quite clear why I stopped drinking. So when this feeling of wishing I could drink creeps up on me, I have a few go-to pieces of encouragement to keep me sober.

1. “It’s not worth it.”

This is probably my most common go-to when I need to quiet that little voice in my head. Whatever it is that makes me feel like I want to drink, I can guarantee it wouldn’t be worth it. Drinking in celebration? Not worth it. Drinking over anger? Not worth it. Over heartbreak? Still not worth it. The reality is that no reason is worth taking my sobriety. If I drank, I would wake up feeling so disappointed in myself, to the point that I would probably resort to drinking to cover it up. And so the vicious cycle would begin again. At the end of the day, I am equipped with the tools I need to confront an array of emotions, and none of those tools involve picking up a drink.

2. “This is temporary.”

Whatever “this” is, whatever the root of my desire to drink is, it will pass. When I feel like something couldn’t possibly improve, I remind myself how hopeless and helpless I felt in my first few weeks of sobriety and how, after a few months, getting sober turned into the best thing that ever happened to me. I tell myself that if I could overcome feelingthat despaired, I can overcome any other emotion or obstacle with time.

3. “You stopped drinking for a reason.”

It’s true, I did. All I have to do is think back to all the bad choices I made, the words I drunkenly said, and the relationships I came close to ruining. And just like that, I no longer have a desire to down a drink. I’d rather keep myself in check and be the sober one than be the drunk one and ruin the night. I ruined enough nights, and that is why I stopped drinking when it came down to it.

4. “Do you really want to deal with hangovers again?”

That’s an easy one: no. Not even a little. My hangovers were the worst. If I had a really bad one, I would vomit numerous times throughout the day. Even if it was a mild one, my head still pounded and I shook constantly. I don’t want any of that back in my life. I prefer waking up clearheaded and ready to take on the day without constantly feeling sick to my stomach. You really don’t realize how debilitating hangovers are until you stop having them.

5. “Think about having to own up to what you did.”

The last thing I ever want to do is have to tell the people in my life that I relapsed. Though I’m sure they would still love and support me, I just can’t handle the thought of the disappointment that would follow a statement like that. No matter what mistakes I may have to own up to in the future (and I’m sure there will be many), I want them to be sober mistakes.

6. “Remember how you looked when you were drinking?”

Conjuring up this image isn’t fun for me. There’s a picture of me from the very last night I ever drank, and it still haunts me to this day. My skin has a yellow tint to it, I look bloated beyond belief, and my hair is a disaster. Yet, I didn’t notice any of this at the time because I was too caught up in drinking. Today, I am a few pounds heavier than I was then, but it’s settled differently. I have a glow back that I lacked while drinking. I feel alive again. I never, ever want to go back to looking like the person I was when I was drinking. For some reason, picturing that girl is enough to deter me from thoughts of alcohol.

7. “Remember that one time you ___________?”

Sadly, I could fill in that blank with so many instances, none of which I want to relive. But if I drink, there’s a chance I could relive any of them. When I drink, I make bad decisions and embarrass myself and others. Sometimes all it takes is thinking about that one time I split my knee open, or that time I pulled down my pants and peed outside, or that time I went home with a stranger (the list goes on). None of those instances would be acceptable in my life today, and reminding myself of that is enough to keep me sober.

8. “You’re an adult now.”

If I went back to drinking, I’d drink the way I did in college. I know I would. And in college, people can find a little bit of forgiveness for that type of behavior because, well, it’s college. But now I am a professional. I work in a small-ish town, in a pretty public field, and if I were to go out and drink, I would most likely run into someone I know or who knows me. In college, my drinking was detrimental to every aspect of my life. Now, as an adult with a full-time job, it would be even more so.

9. “You’ll thank yourself tomorrow.”

If I drink, I never know where I’ll end up in the morning or how I will feel. But if I don’t drink, I can guarantee that I’ll end up at home, in my bed, feeling great. In the morning, I’ll know I made the right choice and have another sober day ahead of me. And nothing feels better than that.

Click to read the original article on www.thefix.com

 

The Wonder of Watsu by Lyndall Shelley

What is it? 

Watsu is a water-based therapy used by allied healthcare professionals as well as complimentary and alternative therapists for its many physical and psychological benefits. Developed in the 1980’s by shiatsu practitioner, Harold Dull, it is now practiced the world over. Watsu practitioners, or ‘givers’ (the therapist) study over 3 50-hour courses, to enable them to ‘listen’ to, accept and interpret the individual physical needs of each ‘receiver’ (the client) they encounter.

 

How does it work? 

Watsu is performed in a heated pool. The receiver lies in the water while the giver supports and moves them through the water in a smooth and flowing manner. The giver takes time to connect with the receiver through their breathing. The water’s unique properties of buoyancy, turbulence and drag are used to support or stretch the body as required. Some small floats may or may not be used around the legs, and massage may or may not be included. Since the giver is trained to tailor the session to the needs of the receiver on the day, no two watsu sessions are the same.

 

Why watsu?

We are all becoming more and more aware of the strength and power of the mind-body connection. While there are many types of therapy to address the mind facet of psychological and emotional difficulties, there are few that can do the same for the body facet of our beings. Watsu is a physical alternative or adjunct to talk therapies, allowing the body to free up and let go of any holding or tension. The warm water holds and supports the body, allowing a deep state of relaxation to be reached while also allowing muscles to relax and joints to be unloaded. Movements and stretches can be achieved in a way that is not possible on land, all facilitated by the giver.

 

Who is it for?

Like other therapies watsu can be for anyone – we all have ‘stuff’ that we store in our bodies. However, it is of particular benefit to those who are going through or have been through difficulties such as stress, anxiety, grief or trauma. Additionally it is used more clinically for those with physical problems such as pain, joint stiffness, muscle spasms or increased muscle tone. Watsu enhances the body’s so-called ‘rest-digest’ system, while quieting the ‘fight and flight’ response resulting in decreased heart rate, decreased respiratory rate, blood centralization and decreased muscle spasm. Longer term benefits may include improved sleep patterns, decreased anxiety, greater decreases in pain, improved digestion and enhanced immune system response.

 

How does it feel? 

Lying in the warm water, with your ears submerged, many have described watsu “like being back in the womb”. Your body is sensitively guided through the water by the practitioner, your eyes are generally closed, and you can hear the soft swishing of the water and your own breathing. Watsu is a wonderful way to help you reconnect with your body and fulfill that mind-body connection that we all need. You might be surprised at the secrets your body is holding on to.

A Hangover Free Life

As World Without Wine joins the global blogosphere we get a warm welcome from www.ahangoverfreelife.com  in London – thanks Louise!

Author: Louise Rowlinson

Janet has asked me to write this feature as she launches World Without Wine. Who am I and why am I here? My name is Louise Rowlinson and on 21st September 2013 I decided that I wanted to live a life hangover free. I had spent the previous 5 years trying to moderate and manage my drinking without success and finally decided that enough was enough and I would give not drinking a try. Suffice it to say it was so successful I’ve carried on and here I am.

As well as being a booze hound from the age of 17 I happened to be a nurse who had cared for alcoholic liver disease patients so knew where this road led if I didn’t do something about my drinking, that felt like it was hurtling towards being out of control. I loved a drink and would use any excuse – happy, sad, celebrating, commiserating, bored, stressed, tired – as long as the day endedwith a ‘y’ I would drink. In my final year of battling to control the bottle I also trained as a public health nurse and noticed how little there was to support those who weren’t physically addicted to alcohol, but had a serious emotional or psychological addiction, just like me. Who were using increasing amounts of booze to smooth the edges of life and numb how they felt. Self-medicating on a far too regular basis.

I always drank more than I planned to from my earliest memories and chose friends who drank just like me so my drinking felt very normal. I had grown up with a father who drank every day so excessive alcohol consumption was completely normalised. In my world this is what you did. Once I’d had one drink all bets were off. Socially it isn’t just accepted it is socially expected that we drink. Drinking and alcohol has become so thoroughly embedded in our cultures and society that stepping away from that can feel isolating. A community is critical to support us in our desire to change our behaviours and habits or else we risk being a lone voice and then the siren call back to alcohol can be strong and irresistible. All our friends saying ‘oh one won’t hurt you’ not knowing that one opens the door to so much more for some of us ……

So I started to write a blog, and then design online tools, an e-book and workshops to provide the very thing that I felt was lacking. Curating the knowledge, information and skills to allow myself and others to make an informed choice about our drinking and empowering and supporting those who chose to cut down or stop. As my blog grew followers, people from around the globe reached out to me and me to them. I realised that within the sober blogosphere there were thousands of us all looking for the answer to why we drank too much and didn’t seem to be able to control it once we started. Lots of women and men just like me.

I’m in the UK and here we have Soberistas and Club Soda, which is how I met Janet. In Australia there is Hello Sunday Morning, New Zealand has Living Sober and the US has many including Hip Sobriety. Sober online, and then in real life, communities springing up across the world. And so it is that I welcome our newest addition to the sober blogosphere, World Without Wine, adding South Africa to the list of continents spreading the sober love…

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Louise Rowlinson

Founder of joinclubsoda.co.uk