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    Relapse is a bitch – a tale of mixed episodes and how YOU can help

    I didn’t think I’d be writing about relapse so soon this year. Yeah, especially since I was doing well. Right? But here we are, talking all things relapse signs (in) bipolar disorder. And I guess it must seem pretty weird that I write this post right after I shared my four unexpected lessons in my first year of sobriety, right? Well, such is life. Actually, it’s more than just life, it’s the nature of my illness, Bipolar Disorder, combined with life stuff- all the day-to-day stress that any other “normal” person may endure. According to Hilary Simmons from www.sane.org: In bipolar disorder, a relapse is defined as the return of depression or a…

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    Maintaining a positive attitude in life sober and off psychiatric medication

    You’d think that having a general ‘positive attitude in life’ would be easy. Especially now that you’re sober, right? Well, not entirely. Why life, why? My first solo exhibition at the AVA Gallery is done and dusted. The official review was very well-received by my peers. I sold several works during the exhibition. I got clarity and focus and even got a break from the family and life when I went to Cape Town for the week. And then life happened. Ag come on, life is always happening Yes, I agree. Life is always happening. So? How we react is always changing. It is influenced by the opinions of others, our mood (yes medically…

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    What it feels like to be alcohol free – Sober for 227 days

    When “they” ask “what it feels like to be alcohol free” When people ask  “what it feels like to be alcohol free”. I can immediately answer and say, “You already know. The last word you said says it all.” FREE. I am free of the chains. With my last post, I spoke about being a newbie alcoholic over the festive season. There was a brief guide there, so have a look if it may help. This post is more of an update. On my Instagram (@yvette_hess) I posted the image below. On this day, I celebrated being sober for 200 days So, go deep Yvette- is it really all that?…

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    A guide to survive the festive season without alcohol- for the newbie alcoholic

    This is my tried and tested guide to surviving the festive season without alcohol. How do I know it worked? I stayed sober! I think staying sober during the holidays is tough for anyone, but especially for those new to recovery. So, if you’re a newbie alcoholic, keep reading! You know that phase on your journey when people if you question if you really have a problem, and uhm, then you begin to question yourself too! Sometimes I wonder how the hell I survived. Why? Mainly because Christmas time is insanely stressful. So, to combat this, I try to plan everything beforehand. We set the venue, meal plan- all those…

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    I used to be

    The post below may come as a surprise to some. If you feel the need to judge, rather keep it to yourself. This is a safe space not only for me to express who I am, but for my readers to feel they can share their most shameful moments. No trolls will be tolerated. ————————————————————————————————————————————— I haven’t been myself lately. Well, to be more accurate, I haven’t been a self I identify with. So much has changed: circumstances, expectations, responsibilities and of course, me. I believe that all these factors have affected who I am today. Obviously, right? My parents, more so my dad, always pushed for my sister and…

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