As you probably know, sometimes events from the past have a mind of their own. Memories keep recirculating when all you want is for them to disappear. You are way more emotionally reactive than you know is good for you. And you are limited by distrust, neediness, and a stunted view of what is possible for you.
Recovery isn’t just about stopping addictive patterns. It’s about finding ways to re-engage in life in healthy and fulfilling ways. If you know your past is still nipping at your heels, here are a few tips which can help :
- Healthy Relationships are Vital – Our mental and emotional health is impacted by our connections. There may be no single “secret” to recovery, but strong and healthy relationships are a key ingredient.
- The Glass is Half Full – Most often, there’s more going on that’s right instead of wrong, it’s just harder to notice. It’s important to “notice the good” around us at any given moment.
- Gratitude Changes Everything – Gratitude increases our sense of well-being. it helps shift our attention back to what we have and what is already working.
- Laughter is Good Medicine – There is nothing like a good laugh to help us feel better. It helps release frustration, decreased irritation, and builds connection with others.
- Just Keep Moving – Exercise helps to reduce stress, promote better sleep, increase energy, and improve mood. It can also help prevent relapse as it creates a healthier lifestyle.
- Mindfulness Works – Mindfulness is a valuable tool in recovery because it offers help managing emotions, increasing acceptance, and even helps dealing with cravings.
- The 1% Factor – Even when feeling stuck, there is always something we can do that moves us 1% in the direction of recovery. Sometimes, the smallest positive action can stop the negative download spiral.
Live as the awareness that you are fully alive, here, not in conflict with anything. Know who you are, and the pain of the past will barely be a ripple on the surface of the immeasurable vastness of you.