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Having the Worst Day EVER? Read this.

21 Jul
by Chanie Gorkin.

by Chanie Gorkin.

This is a pretty powerful poem about the way we look at things. I haven’t been around on my blog much lately. You can find out why here. In that post, you’ll also learn my 5 golden rules for getting through really tough times.

Ex-Addict Writes 2nd Most Popular Article of All Time on Tiny Buddha!

20 Oct

I am very excited to announce that my article 6 Secrets to Moving On From Serious Struggles has been named the second most popular article OF ALL TIME on the Tiny Buddha website in the category of ‘Overcoming Negative Emotions’, and in the top 100 articles on the astoundingly popular personal development site EVER in any category.

I say this not to blow my own trumpet (well, a teeny tiny bit), but to show what is achievable no matter how far back you have to come from. I’m an ex-alkie, ex-self-harming, ex-bulimic, ex-agoraphobic, ex-social phobic, ex-depressive, ex-borderline…There wasn’t much I didn’t have to be honest.

Read the article to get the whole picture. You CAN achieve success no matter what you’ve been through. And you can help others afterwards 🙂

My aim has always been to help as many people as possible after overcoming the majority of my own struggles. I do that mainly by working 1:1 with people and writing books. But countless people have told me the free videos I make and the articles I write have changed or improved their lives.

It’s quite amazing to go from a semi-homeless alkie to someone that is now able to provide help and inspiration to millions of others around the world.

I’m very grateful that Andrew Walton of Cracking the Happiness Code notified me that I was placed in the Top 2 and Top 100 positions on Tiny Buddha; and I’m grateful to everyone who read and shared my article too.

Remember, as the article says, whatever struggles you’re going through, there is always an answer. And when you find it, there’s nothing better than using your experience to help others 🙂

Smash Stigma on World Mental Health Day

10 Oct

I occasionally share something I’ve written for HuffPost here on my addiction blog. In this case, it’s very important that I do, because it’s World Mental Health Day – and there is still a massive amount of stigma towards people who are suffering from mental health problems.

As addicts, I’m sure we all know what it’s like to face stigma – it’s damaging and, in some cases, can set recovery efforts back.

So on World Mental Health Day, I’m inviting people to change the way they view mental health entirely. Take a look at my radical new way of helping to empower people who are suffering from mental health problems here:

Why Everyone Will Suffer If We Don’t Start Looking at Mental Health Differently.

Many thanks,
Beth x

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“How to kick Depression, Addiction and Anxiety” – NEW Radio Interview

28 Sep

Hi all,

Please do listen to my latest interview with fellow addiction worker Micheal Hilton and I on the following link. It really is chocka-block full with amazing information and insight.

https://player.cinchcast.com/?assettype=single&show_id=6955049&version=2.0&version=2.0&platformId=1

Enjoy! And drop me a line at http://www.smyls.co.uk if you think I might be able to help you.

Check Out Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Micheal Hlton Show on BlogTalkRadio with OPTIMAL LIFE OPTIMAL HEALTH on BlogTalkRadio

If You Hate Being Sober Sometimes, Read This….

5 Aug

Is this you??

hatesobriety

Read this! It’s my new article which will hopefully make you feel a bit better about being sober.

A Little Recovery Wisdom

25 Jul

Wise people choose doing what they need to, over doing what they want to

Wiseowl

How To Make New Sober Friends

24 Jul

I’m writing this post in honour of a gorgeous new sober friend of mine. There are lovely sober folk all over the world – and my latest companion came all the way from the US to find me. He’s called a Sobear and he’s a great gift for the sober person in your life.

Me and my Sobear reading The Happy Addict together!

Me and my Sobear reading The Happy Addict together!

If you’d like a Sobear yourself, or would like to get one as a present to mark a recovery birthday, or just to help someone celebrate the sober lifestyle, you can order one here. A proportion of proceeds from the bears will be donated to help people find, and keep, recovery. Your gift will help fund alcohol and drug recovery programs and substance misuse research.

So, what if you don’t have a gorgeous bear like this and want to make some new sober friends?

Here are my top 5 places to meet people who may be more interested in enjoying themselves without drinking.

1. Fellowships: Obviously Fellowship groups can put you in touch with many sober people. Whether or not you choose to follow the whole program or not, you can always find supportive, sober people at AA, NA and the like.

2. Spiritual groups: Many spiritual groups are so focused on personal and emotional development that drinking doesn’t really come into it. You can usually find lovely people there who may actually be on a similar path to you.

3. Sports clubs: If people really take their sport seriously, they may have a fitness regime that doesn’t involve drinking. Look for sports that require discipline and a healthy body, such as Martial Arts, athletics, and swimming.

4. Coffee shops: Lots of people who don’t drink prefer to visit coffee houses with their friends than go to the bar. Find your local coffee hotspot and hang out there.

5. Volunteer centres: Volunteering is a great way to spend your time, and you usually meet lots of lovely people as well. Most volunteering will require that people don’t drink on placement, especially if you’re on the frontline helping other people. Volunteering is quite common in people in the process of rebuilding their lives in some way, so don’t be surprised if there are other people in recovery there too.