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  • Elbie replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    I’ve moved from Chelsea out to Kew as it was proving way too much living in such a high-paced area but at the detriment of going from a 20 minute commute to now an hour. It’s great being near the large parks and I love spending a Sunday with a picnic on Kew Green or Richmond Green watching the cricket but I just can’t handle the craziness of the…[Read more]

  • Elbie replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    growing up in North Devon certainly didn’t set me up for city life! That’s the major issue with moving outside of London. I’m lucky where I am that there are multiple ways into work if one of the lines is down. I can easily get the Central, Piccadilly, District or South Eastern trains so moving out I would be limited to one line and if anything…[Read more]

  • Elbie replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    I would need another 18months to start seeing the rewards, especially if I were to seriously look for jobs. Looking at it like that it doesn’t seem much really… I have looked at moving out to Haslemere so may re-visit that idea.

  • Elbie replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    I have certainly looked into it, but it’s just so dangerous. I work closer with 3 people who cycle into work but not one hasn’t had an injury caused by cycling in the last year – most by being hit by vehicles.

  • One of the best things about London is that it is so different from area to area so you can often solve many problems by zoning in on what it is, in particular, that is making you unhappy. Your commute does sound awful and would drive most people mad – is there no way that you could rectify that, either by changing jobs or areas? There are few…[Read more]

  • alec replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    Moving out could entail a commute of more than one hour; it used to take my OH two hours door to door in the morning and again in the evening – and that was when the trains ran on time and weren’t cancelled. He frequently had to stand for the 40 min (ha! it rarely was 40 mins) into Padders.

    You say your job is great with amazing career prospects.…[Read more]

  • Red-1 replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    How long would you need to work in London for to build up the skills to make it worth hanging on for? That’s what I’d perhaps base my decision on.

    Also you could look at commuting – coming from further out is more costly but can be strangely faster than when you live in London.

    We are moving to Surrey so out of London. It will be a 30 or 40 min…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    Can you commute by cycle instead? I used to bike through central London as a student, and it certainly woke me up for lectures! I got around quicker that if I had used public transport.

    London is great for a while, but IMHO not for long term. How long do you need to hang in there careerwise to be able to get out advantageously?

  • Kelly replied to the topic So Near to Quitting (Job Related) in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    I am biased as I would really not enjoy living in London. I lived there as a kid, moved out at age 9 and would not go back for loadsamoney!

  • This is probably going to end up more as a rant than anything else!

    Basically, I’ve been living in London for over two years now and the novelty has officially worn off. I gave up horses when I moved (and most upsettingly my dogs couldn’t/wouldn’t cope either so they were rehomed too).

    My job is great, and with amazing career prospects but I…[Read more]

  • Elbie replied to the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    AA alone is probably not going to be enough. I know alcoholics who have been to rehab (in both residential units and “day” units) and they have attended AA once they have made a start on therapy at these units. Some GPs are better than others at discussing the options for therapy (I know one GP who suggested the patient Google it). You may well…[Read more]

  • ester replied to the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    Wanting to stop is the most important thing. My thought would be…….don’t mix with anyone else who drinks. Go to social scenes such as cafes. Go on a trip with no access to alcohol. Treat yourself to posh soft drinks. Think of things to do with the money that you save. Best wishes.

  • PeterJ replied to the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    Thanks, to be honest I’ve struggled. I think only now am I ready to fully quit. I’ve prevaricated and maybe wasn’t serious before but this time I feel like I’m prepared to go any lengths to quit drinking.

  • claro replied to the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    You need to talk Peter, you have made a start here, open up to your friends and family, be honest, you need their support, if there is no-one to talk to then a good GP and AA will certainly help.

  • PeterJ replied to the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    Thanks, I’m going to an AA meeting today.

  • bobby replied to the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    I can’t give any advice, not found myself in that position or similar before but have you tried one of the support charities / networks out there?

    There’s a few numbers at the bottom of this page:
    https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/drinking-habits-and-behaviours/am-i-alcohol-dependent/

  • Kelly replied to the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    I cannot offer much help but did not want to read and run. I can advise start with GP and AA.

  • PeterJ started the topic Trouble quitting the drink in the forum Chit chat 3 years ago

    I’m an alcoholic and could well have lost my life through drinking. I’m lucky in a way. I have tried to stop but find it difficult. Has anyone been in the same position? I binge drink to the point I put myself in a bad position. After 2 or 3 days sober I feel better and think I can go back to drinking normally but that’s stupid. I feel lonely and…[Read more]

  • Ouch, £40 is a lot of money to waste. Your better off going to see your doctor and getting some NHS insoles made just for you to ease your foot pain rather than risking it with sites like that. Wearing dodgy insoles can make plantar fasciitis worse.

    Maybe instead of just throwing them away just send them back in the post and then do a paypal…[Read more]

  • Very frustrating but nothing you can do, although I hope we are all here for you to give a shoulder to cry on or vent at.

    In which spirit, I had one last year: I parked in a park and ride a while ago at the end of a row and somebody later came and parked in very close to me, on a no-parking cross-hatched area – so close that I had to climb in…[Read more]

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