Mood Swings – Day 29

I am, and have been, in a bit of a funk these past 2 days. Which is a bit ironic after writing my super determined and optimistic last post. Work and family life have been quiet and that has given me the opportunity to read and blog more. This has definitely helped me, thank you my sober blogging friends :-).

I came across an article about PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms) the other day and have been reading up on it.

I know a lot of other bloggers have posted about this too. Just reading some of the symptoms has helped me understand what my body is going though. Knowing this makes everything a bit easier to cope with.

Here are just a few of the most common things

• Mood swings.
• Anxiety.
• Irritability.
• Tiredness.
• Variable energy.
• Low enthusiasm.
• Variable concentration.
• Disturbed sleep.

I think I have experienced each one of these at some point or other over the last month. The www.addictionsandrecovery.org has a lot more information and explains that.  Post-acute withdrawal occurs because your brain chemistry is gradually returning to normal. As your brain improves, the levels of your brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium causing post-acute withdrawal symptoms. It also goes on to say that, each episode will only last a few days. Woo Hoo!

So, I have learned that if I’ve got a headache or I’m feeling a bit down, tired or worried, drink will only make it worse. My body is an amazing thing and it will sort its self out in a couple of days. Well, that makes things seem more manageable, doesn’t it!

I’m feeling better already,  just knowing there is a reason for my funky mood. I’m not going to dwell on it and I’m going to look forward to a weekend with the family, fizzy juice, movies and chocolate. x

Mrs Mac