Tuesday, September 30, 2008

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

YESTERDAY'S KNEE-JERK JUDGMENT

I am listening to the radio show that I had blogged yesterday (before I had given it a full chance)...in its entirety. I hadn't read the whole blurb and only played the first part which was perhaps a bit premature in forming an opinion and posting a blog. I really do recommend it now - it's quirky and less about breaking-up and more about writing a song about the experience. Yes, I should have read the blurb about the show before I 1) listened to it and 2) blogged it. My bad. Anyway if you have some time (about an hour) you might like a listen...It's pretty good, even if you're not a Phil Collins fan. Ha.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

BREAKING UP RADIO SHOW- ON US PUBLIC RADIO

BREAKING UP

One of our new site members has recommended the following link to hear a thirty minute radio program about breaking-up.

To be honest, what I've heard sounded a bit generic and cliched (from my point of view). It probably won't tell you anything you don't already know, but some of the newer visitors to SYBD may find comfort in its message. So that's why I'll promote it. As Susan Jeffers suggests - if you find anything useful hold onto it and I am a firm believer that inspiration can come from anywhere!

A year or two ago I produced my own one-hour radio show which is available to "benefactors" on SYBD...(who get invited to an exclusive, private, hidden Facebook group)...and one day some of those interviews may just see the light of day as a full length feature. Well that's the plan at any rate. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE

I FEEL INSPIRED!

I believe it was Mahatma Gandhi who said - "As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it." Which I totally agree with.

Truly I can get little messages in conversations, TV shows, songs and simply looking out my window. Inspiration is literally everywhere,...

The other day inspiration came from a random, not terribly unusual conversation with my dear friend Nic. She had discovered a cool podcast by a woman named Byron Katie through Oprah's Soul Series. I checked it out and liked what I found so much I'm telling anyone who will listen. Then today when reading a thread called "8 Months, Still So Obsessed" I decided to write not only a reply to him, but also an article for SYBD on Byron Katie. In the article you'll see how I am applying the principles to the challenge/s in my own life.

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND - BREAK UP LINES

This morning, it was a brief visit to Pacific Quay to chat to Fred MacAulay on his radio show. It's always a gas doing Fred's show -- even if he did take the piss out of me after I genuinely complimented him on his shirt! (Incidentally I was wearing a lovely V-neck knit sweater!)

Anyway, the topic of break-up lines is one of my favorite topics. On the show he had two high school kids reporting how they'd dumped and been dumped. Bebo seems to be a more common method (as are MySpace and Facebook) but the guy's dumping line he'd used was priceless..."I'm gonna be too busy golfing to see you this summer". Class!

Getting ready for the show meant - revisiting my own break up lines book and has made me more determined than ever to release the book - which is already written and sitting here on the hard drive! It's tentatively called "Goodbye My Lover". See a sample of lines on So You've Been Dumped's Break Up Lines page! Keep the lines coming...There's been thousands over the years and that page is constantly re-generated (lines are added and subtracted each month!)

Lunch time!

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Friday, September 12, 2008

ASK SYBD: Sleepless Nights...How to combat insomnia

THIS IS THE FIRST IN OUR WEEKLY SERIES OF "ASK SYBD" QUESTIONS.

Lost Girl writes: “Hi Thea - I found sleep extremely difficult during the early days of my split (still not brilliant, but better). So how do I go about getting a more settled sleep?


Dear Sleepless on SYBD, I mean Lost Girl,

As someone who is rather prone to stress, I speak from experience on this particular subject. Like most people, any time I seem to be going through any sort of emotional turmoil – my sleep patterns go out of whack. Quieting the mind down can be seemingly impossible as we play mental tapes in our head over and over again.

Over the years I’ve tried a variety of different methods – which worked with varying degrees of success. I thought I’d maybe share a few personal tips with you and, as it’s such a universal topic on the site, I will share a few of those from the forum. Hope you find them useful.

LAVENDER DROPS

One of my main tips is to have a small bottle of lavender to drop a dot or two on each pillow. As it’s a natural remedy for depression, soothing nerves, and calming us down, I usually carry a wee bottle with me any time I travel, as well, to ensure I get a good night’s rest. So visit a chemist or pharmacy to pick up a little bottle of lavender oil today!

SPLASH IT OUT

Taking a warm bath before bed, particularly using soothing aromatherapy oils, (like the aforementioned Lavender oil) can relax you and thus help you drift off to sleep when the time comes. This is my number one night time ritual. Seldom do I attempt to sleep without one!

VENT IT OUT

Another thing I do, depending on the thoughts going through my head at the time, is pull out a notebook and write out everything that is swirling through my head. Once I’ve done a “brain dump”, effectively, I usually can fall asleep with a much more peaceful mind.

READ IT OUT

Instead of watching TV before bed, find yourself a good book to read to take you mind off of things. Nothing too heavy or violent – though. Again, personal development books can be good here, light fiction, business books or biographies all seem to work for me!

WORK IT OUT

Exercise is a wonderful way to combat insomnia. Different people feel that working out at different times helps them. For some people – morning or day time might be best – others claim that night time before bed works. Work out whenever suits you and give it a whirl. If you are going for the night time work out, perhaps aim for something more like Yoga or Palates rather than an out and out session at the gym!

CHILL OUT

Avoid TV before bed. Instead why not give meditation a try? I know it works for many people, (though it’s not something I’ve mastered myself). So I tend to opt for relaxation or even personal development CDs that I can play while in bed. Usually I am asleep before the CD’s over (and hoping some of it sinks in subliminally!)

DRINK IT OUT

Avoid alcoholic drinks if possible, because as tempting as it may be, and though it may knock you out for a night – alcohol is a depressant and will end up making you feel worse in the long run. Instead opt for warm milk or Ovaltine (Magnesium is "nature's tranquilliser") or non-caffeinated drinks before bed.

SNUGGLE UP

Select comfortable and clean bedding and sleepwear. There is nothing so soothing and cosy as sliding into a freshly-laundered bed. Hey and while you’re at it, why not considering using a lavender fabric softener for extra softness? Or something like Boot's "Sleep Easy" pillow mist can work a treat!

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

Instead of counting sheep, count your blessings. Try to adjust your thinking pattern off of your lack of sleep – and try to find reasons to be grateful. We can all find reasons to be miserable if we want to (it’s probably what’s keeping you up at night) but have a mental shift to the good things in life – family, friends, a job, a roof over your head – whatever you can come up with.

Just do your best to "accentuate the positive".

DON’T STEW

If you’re really struggling to get off to sleep then get out of the bed for a little while rather than laying there watching your clock – tick tock. Sometimes I'll get up, have a bowl of cereal, check my email, and stay awake for maybe an hour before going back to sleep. It usually works...

CLOSE YOUR EYES

Whenever I have insomnia (or jetlag), my dad always reminds me that simply closing my eyes and resting them is as beneficial as sleeping. The trick is to relax your mind - because the more tense you get, the less likely you’ll get off to sleep.

ADOPT A SCHEDULE

Try to get on a schedule – developing a routine can work wonders at levelling your sleep patterns…which brings me nicely to some member’s tips now:

Sharon suggests “Sleep in 2-3 shifts-naps (after work nap, evening nap, night sleep, siesta). Many geniuses sleep this way!”

David “There is a couple of things that have helped me. 1) I go through in my head all of the things I have achieved that day, no matter how small, and congratulate myself on them. They can be really small things, some days mine have just been getting out of bed and feeding myself! If it is really bad, I repeat to myself, ‘all will be well’, and ‘all manner of things will be well”.

Drews says, “What I got told to try, and it worked for me, was when I woke up or just couldn’t sleep I would get some paper and a pen and write out everything I was feeling or thinking even if it was in the form of a conversation...I wouldn’t re-read it just a form of free hand, and then afterward, I would tear it up or flush it down the toilet! Clear my mind, say to myself, ‘that thought or feeling is over’ and get it out of my system.”

POST ON SYBD

Finally, of course if you can't sleep, why not log on to SYBD and have a read through the forums or write out a post of your own? Given our global nature, there's always someone online to private message. I do it all the time. Works a treat.

Seriously though, if the insomnia persists for more than a few nights, please consult your GP for advice or even sleep aids - herbal or not. Over the counter options may be addictive so seek advice before popping pills.

COMMENTS & QUESTIONS GRATEFULLY RECEIVED

If you have any tips for those who've trouble sleeping, please feel free to add your comments here. All useful tips greatly appreciated.

If you have a question then by all means log on and post it on the ASK SYBD thread.

My new (personal) blog can be found here now. Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

SLOW CHANGES

TRANSFORMING BLOG

This SYBD blog is going to be changing soon! We are going to be gearing more toward helpful support and advice. We've already had several, wonderful questions sent in - which will be answered by one of our many associate experts. These questions have ranged from "Should I send my ex a card?" (E.G. birthday, Christmas etc) to "I'm having trouble sleeping, can you suggest anything?" to "What should I do with all the mementos?"

We're also on the look out for other relevant articles to point you to.

And looking for contributors. If you fancy a shot at writing, do get in touch.

NEW NEWSLETTER

Coming soon we'll be re-launching our newsletter - with some wonderful features no matter who you are! More will be revealed about that in the coming weeks! We're super excited at Camp Dumped, I can tell ya!

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