Living Your Best Life: Creating a Life You Love in Recovery
Your journey to recovery is meant to serve as an open book. There are so many possibilities for who we could become and what we could do – but we have to take it all one step at a time. Building a life that you can be proud of means setting some goals – short term and long term – and focusing on little steps each and every day to get you there. As you reflect on some ideas that you believe could take your happiness and wellbeing to new levels, what comes to mind?
What do you feel passionate about?
Who do you spend your time with that makes you feel hopeful about your future?
If you were to describe your “dream” life in recovery, what would that look like?
Of course, we can’t always know what we want out of life until we experience different learning curves that truly clarify that for us.
Make a Conscious Decision
In order to build your life the way you’ve always wanted, you have to be deliberate about it – each and every day. Medium notes some key ingredients to this, such as:
· Put a stop to using “should” and “shouldn’t” – even if other people have a certain vision for you, that doesn’t mean that you have to follow it. Recovery is about defining your own path and learning more about who you are; don’t let anyone else dictate your dreams.
· Find your support network – start spending with people who lift you up, inspire you, and even people who have achieved some of the goals that you want to achieve. You’ll be motivated to take greater steps towards your goals, especially as those around you keep reminding you that you can do it.
· Give up the word “impossible”. No dream is too big, but you limit yourself when you automatically assume that it can’t be done. There are many ways to achieve a specific goal – you just have to find what works best for you.
· Do the work. As anyone in long-term recovery will tell you, it’s all about putting in the work. You can’t magically be “cured” from addiction – it takes a lot of time, patience, and effort to work through therapy and apply the strategies you’ve learned in your program towards your daily life.
· Allow yourself to breathe. Sometimes the best ideas come from doing absolutely nothing. You may be playing a game on your phone, or reading a book, or watching a funny movie and – just like that – a new idea emerges. Allow your brain some healthy “down time” to process what you’re working towards.
Put simply, building your ultimate lifestyle is about making constant, deliberate decisions – and lots of them.
Bring Joy to Your Daily Life
Some of the most successful people in life have been those that built on doing things they loved. Of course, there are always aspects of our goals that are tedious, time consuming and stressful – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do them. Take a look at the bigger picture, and start incorporating more of what you enjoy into your daily life.
Authors Rebecca E. Williams and Julie S. Kraft explained the power of bringing joy into your life through mantras. In their book titled, The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction, they provide several key phrases that can instill power, strength, and resilience in achieving your recovery goals:
1. I stay present, in the here and now, and thrive in my recovery.
2. I am willing to turn myself over and see the world in a whole new way.
3. I can understand my cravings and urges; I don’t have to act on them.
4. I can take my life back.
5. All things are possible for me today.
By reminding yourself of one or more of these mantras every day, you’re prepping your mind to act on this belief. It’s a win-win situation!
Choose to Let Go
What holds most of us back from taking the leap towards our dreams is clinging onto limits. We tell ourselves that because of “X” reason, we can’t be happy. We deny ourselves of the right to embrace what we should know to be true – that we are fully capable of carrying out our dreams. Trauma, depression, anxiety, negative people in our lives and so many other elements can temporarily hold us back from living in the present moment, and that’s okay. Part of recovery is working through those setbacks and pushing past the pain. In the end, we find that we’re much stronger – and much more prepared – to do what we set out to do. It’s quite freeing.
Do you want to help people? Can you imagine yourself with several years of sobriety under your belt, and you’re feeling healthier than you ever have before? Anything can happen – you just have to believe in it and start working towards it.
If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.
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