These UFOs are prompters of our response behaviors which set-off our stress arousal, including Artificial Stress and addictive behavior. This ignites our fight or flight response. Our stress-management efforts are severely tested.
Of course, we can’t avoid all stress producing events, but we can cultivate our ability and develop the skills and tools to relax during normal daily activities and to better handle the difficult threats to our abstinence and sobriety.
This Stress-Management material including the Stress Relief and Stress Reduction screens will help getting in touch with what can be called your Inner Self.
Your Inner Self is where you have built the Mind-scapes we mentioned in the material on knowledge.
These mind-scapes are where your controlling mindsets are stored and where you have built the self-concept which you maintain and polish. Your
Inner Self is where you process, consciously and non-consciously, your mental imagery, including your friend or foe responses.
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Self-Consistency is a primary motivating force in most of our thinking and behavior.
We will maintain our self-concept, sometimes even if it kills us. Witness the martyrs of ancient times and those today. We do this even if our self-concept is based on falsehoods, illusions and UFOs.
This self-concept consistency also includes holding onto those cherished illusive, often false, memories of childhood.
Addictions, while often an attempt at health, that is to ease our tension, stress or craving, in the end become self destructive. We are acting on false information and illusions.
And while there are alternative approaches to our dilemma, most of us are drowning in information, yet starved for real addiction knowledge and recovery understanding.
The information we get is often, “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Certainly millions of us, addicted or not, want those magic words, potions, or person to increase our health and energy. Make us whole.
But, the fact is, it isn’t out there. The truth is that we have inside us the most marvelous Recovery instrument. An instrument to self-help ourselves to sobriety and serenity. That instrument is our brain/mind.
What is needed for our personal addictions recovery is abstinence and change. We need an Attitude Adjustment. The problem is that what we are dealing with here is automatic resistance.
If we understand resistance, we can see why changing habits, addictive behaviors, requires such a firm commitment. And all the help you can get. Especially from your self.
We are in need of altering how we SEE our selves. We need to open our eyes and SEE, so we act on SEEING instead of what we think, or what someone else thinks. We need to see beyond our illusions.
We need a Personal Addictions Recovery strategy of stress-management which can be put into place in a gradual way. We don’t want our controlling self-concept to sabotage our sobriety stress-relief efforts.
Changing habits works best when the new behavior is repeated often, but, without arousing too much self-concept (ego) resistance. Certainly, your Self is a social product, and has value in your interpersonal relationships.
So you strive for consistency in responses, “you can count on George.” We all want positive regard from both others and from ourselves. Our self-concept requires stability to be OK.
This need for positive regard is a driving force usually toward self-actualization, so long as it is permitted and encouraged by our environment, including our internal one.
However, even with resistance, a change of our habits and an amended self-concept is possible.
Your self-concept can be strengthened. The negative self-talk can have a reduction. Positive self-talk can become your modus operandi. Practice and persistence is required.
Stress-management can reduce the need for addictive behavioral responses.
Abstinence and sobriety can offer you Personal Addictions Recovery.
The Meditation section and Prayer screens have some useful ideas on positive affirmations.
Artificial Stress is stress which we create for ourselves and which is held in place through illusions, fear, and ignorance.
let-Go, Let-God awareness allows as Susan Blackmore suggests, to disconnect before our habitual patterns of Artificial Stress incapacitates us. This is a key to our self-help efforts at stress-management.
And here you’ll learn to separate yourself, and your life, from your pain, your stress, your sorrow, your illusions, and your addiction.
Real Stress-Management offers Stress-Reduction and Stress-Relief to aid your self-help Recovery. Take a look.