One DAY at a time?? How about 10 MINUTES at a time!?!

You hear it in the rooms of 12 Step programs from the minute you enter the door. One of the long-time staples of all the one liners; one day at a time.

It’s a great thing to throw around and we all get a good laugh, or a smile and nod when we say it to one another. But what does it really mean, and how do you use it in your daily life?

We’re going to break it down from one DAY at a time, to 10 MINUTES at a time. And I’ll give you a step-by-step strategy to get through those moments of anxiety, cravings, and any other discomfort.

Sometimes anxiety and cravings are completely overwhelming. The committee is going at you a hundred miles an hour and you can easily start to feel like you are going to lose your mind if it doesn’t stop.

I tell you all the time the most important thing you can do when getting sober is to make a COMMITMENT to not drinking. If you have committed yourself, 150%, then when a craving or discomfort kicks in you don’t get caught up in the struggle of “am I going to drink” or “am I NOT going to drink”, “should I or shouldn’t I???”

If you are committed then you already know you AREN’T drinking. What comes next is figuring out how to get through the uncomfortable moment- whether that is a craving, anxiety, or just a crappy mood.

For me, I took things 10 minutes at a time. And that’s what I’m going to show you today.

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