LuLamb

How is COVID-19/social distancing/sheltering place treating your recovery???

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Hi Guys-I’m very curious to know how others are faring with social distancing and sheltering in place?  
I’m doing well overall...where I am we are under shelter-in-place orders and I’m able to work from home. I’m very introverted and the orders feel like a big break from the normal everyday pressures...it’s been nice to have to stay home and do so much less. It makes it easy to feel like I am a contributing member of society, and don’t often feel that way!. I hope you all are well and safe. 

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that's great! sounds like exactly what you need right now (:

i can see it going both ways for some people. early on in my recovery, i actually needed to be out of the house. getting up and going to work forced me into a routine of normalcy, and being around others forced me to work on socializing.

stay safe and stay sober everyone! 

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We aren't working from home yet but I work in a very small office, I do construction estimating.  I had some really great momentum at work leading up to this pandemic regarding focus and motivation.  But my concentration has been shit since this crisis.  I know its the worst thing to do but I obsess over the news surrounding it and have neglected my work.  Then its a cycle of being stressed that I'm behind on work and further neglecting my work to distract myself from feeling stressed.

Its definitely a strange time to be alive.  I'm not necessarily worried about getting sick, but I'm definitely weirded out about having to stay in, and everything being shut down and how wiped out the grocery stores are.  Just feel very weird about it all, feels like a movie, feels like the type of thing we always assume would never really happen.

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I’m going through serious mental gymnastics over here. I really felt like my job was making progress and Id been feeling like my life was back on track before all this shit. We are in shelter in place order where I live. 
 

I’m so thankful to be sober and clean off adderall. However, I’m feeling like my world is crashing down around me. Both my husband and I have jobs that are potentially about to be obsolete. We both kind of have side projects going, so guess that could be our plan B. Maybe it’s for the best. My creativity is kicking back in, feeling more like myself (aside from the stress of the pending apocalypse and all).  All I want is to escape this nightmare! Sending love to anyone else struggling. Hope everyone is safe and healthy tonight. You are not alone! 

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Hello my friends. I have not been very active lately but I have been checking in daily. I’m definitely in a huge time of change and growth in my life. Feeling so much of the feelings that Adderall masked and numbed for so long has been incredibly painful but also beautiful. I know that the fear and panic is my brain developing strength and new coping strategies to handle life as it really is. I want to be the rock that others can lean on so badly.  I’m 11 months into this journey off Adderall and my life has never been more unstable, uncertain and vulnerable. I have also never been more alive, genuine and real. It’s so crazy how I can literally feel my brain processing the world and events around me in such a deeper and more connected way. My dreams are purposeful and things from 30 years ago are coming to the surface and are being worked out because I guess it’s needed for my continued healing. It’s hard to explain but I’m definitely heading out of the darkness and into a more purposefully contemplative state. I was put on unemployment last week  and my wife and I have been quarantined for the last 7 days.  Nothing is certain right now but I am definitely glad I quit Adderall. I look more unhealthy now. My job is not stable now. Inside is where the most growth has taken place and that is the area I ignored for far too long. Fuck the superficial external things. This time it’s about digging deep inside and finally being real. I appreciate you all very much. I struggled with reading and writing for many months. It’s a miracle that I can even type this. It may be scattered and confusing but it’s an improvement and that feels good. I wish you all safety and good health. I’ll be coming in to spend time and share more in the coming days and weeks. 

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While this is a very stressful time, and its scary the uncertainty of work and income, I am finding that this downtime and staying home has helped my recovery. it is helping me put time down from my last pill (nov 11, 2019). before this all happened i was feeling pressured at being months sober but still lacking motivation, now I am home with family and that pressure is taken away because technically staying home and doing nothing is helping yay! i am doing something! lol 

I was also struggling socially and now that is not an option either. no pressure to have a social life at the moment with us all in isolation. taking this a day at a time, I obviously want this to be over, but I haven't felt any pressure what so ever to take adderall since it started and I was craving it before because I wanted to get out and do shit. 

Stay safe and stay adderall free!

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The past few days have been more challenging. I think the novelty of working from home and sheltering in place is waning. Yesterday I was Feeling really “blah” and my thoughts began going to how much a little Adderall would help. I need to give some structure To this new situation - mainly, I need to up the ante on the amount of exercise I’m getting. I stopped smoking pot a few weeks ago, and have been very pleasantly surprised at what a non-issue that turned out to be. But before COVID-19 *hit* I had gotten really into my OrangeTheory workouts and once they closed, I managed to do some jogging/walking/biking, but now it’s Friday and I haven’t worked out all week and am feeling incredibly sluggish. It’s great to be having so much more time for sleep, but today I feel the dull ache of too much sleep, not enough exercise. If I can manage to get myself up and out for a good run today, everything else will be gravy. All this said, overall I am really enjoying the quiet, slowed pace of sheltering in place, and, despite the pandemic, I don’t want it to end. 

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38 minutes ago, LuLamb said:

The past few days have been more challenging. I think the novelty of working from home and sheltering in place is waning. Yesterday I was Feeling really “blah” and my thoughts began going to how much a little Adderall would help. I need to give some structure To this new situation - mainly, I need to up the ante on the amount of exercise I’m getting. I stopped smoking pot a few weeks ago, and have been very pleasantly surprised at what a non-issue that turned out to be. But before COVID-19 *hit* I had gotten really into my OrangeTheory workouts and once they closed, I managed to do some jogging/walking/biking, but now it’s Friday and I haven’t worked out all week and am feeling incredibly sluggish. It’s great to be having so much more time for sleep, but today I feel the dull ache of too much sleep, not enough exercise. If I can manage to get myself up and out for a good run today, everything else will be gravy. All this said, overall I am really enjoying the quiet, slowed pace of sheltering in place, and, despite the pandemic, I don’t want it to end. 

I definitely relate to what you say about the novelty of working from home wearing off.  It was cool for a few days but eventually it gets pretty blah when you work from home for 8 hours and then when you get off your still at home with nowhere to go.

The wife and I have been doing at home workouts, walking the dogs, and going for runs after we finish the workday.  Its really helped with with the mood and overall sanity.  Just commit to do some exercise daily and don't waiver. You won't regret it.

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I did it!! PHEW!!! Managed to go for a 3-mile run. HALLELUJAH!!! 

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AMAZING JOB!!  3 miles is not exactly a short run.  Congrats.  You must have felt so awesome after. :)

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