Summer Fun, Mindfulness and Self Care
Cultivating a Relaxed State of Mind at Home
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure; nor this thing nor that – but simply Growth.
We are happy when we are growing.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Irish Poet.
Stay at Home Essential Tools: Mindfulness and Self Care
With Stay Home orders extending into the summer – traveling to a favorite island vacation spot is not a good option in summer 2020.
Can individuals have fun, stay well and remain sober during this Summer of COVID-19?
It is possible to remain sober, balanced and happy – but it may require different tools than many of us are accustomed to using.
Summer 2020 Self Care is Essential
You have to believe in yourself.
Sun Tzu, General, Military Strategist, Philosopher
Surviving and Thriving in the Summer of COVID-19
The uncertainty and stress of the current COVID-19 event is creating psychological trauma on a massive scale. Trauma is the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds the individual’s ability to cope.
Personal Growth in Addiction Recovery
Personal Growth Leading to Lasting Well-Being
Viktor Frankl was heavily influenced by his personal experiences of suffering and loss in Nazi concentration camps during WWII.
In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl explains that humans are motivated by something called a “will to meaning”. This equates to a desire to find meaning in life. He argued that life can have meaning even in the most miserable of circumstances. And, that the motivation for living comes from finding that meaning.
Frankl’s theory – known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”) – holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained.
It is the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
Importance of Discovering Personal Meaning
There is nothing like a pandemic for removing our everyday illusions about what is truly meaningful. For most, the Stay Home orders have in many ways brought everyday life to a grinding halt.
And now, many are asking some variation of: “Is that all there is?”
• Is working until exhaustion, then drinking and/or drugging to cope
(high functioning addict) – really a good long-term life plan?
• Is there anything else to life other than accumulating money?
• And if there is not enough money – is it possible to still be happy?
• What is really important?
These are the types of questions that often occur during addiction recovery. During the current pandemic – the Search for Personal Meaning has an urgency for those in recovery.
Finding Personal Meaning is important for anyone trying to cope with COVID-19 uncertainty.