Tools for Recovery

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.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this and I’m reblogging.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for the reblog. I am glad you liked it.

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  2. Thank you, this is motivating! πŸ˜€ I also just learned about the gratitude journal, in which writing 10 things we are grateful for helps us to move forward.

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    1. Garima says:

      Gratitude is beautiful Poorna. It brings positivity within our environment both internal and external. Just feel what you write. Even if you can’t find 10 things to be grateful for, feeling is important.

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      1. You’re right. I’ll try this from now on whenever it feels like I’m losing it. Gratitude journaling for the win !

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      2. Garima says:

        Yes πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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  3. Kim Petitt says:

    Gratitude helps with healing and is directly related to a positive attitude. The more thankful for what we have, the more likely we are to be content and therefore have a positive outlook on life. This, in turn, will actually help your mind and body heal more quickly and more completely. You will be less likely to worry, which can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Recovery is definitely a struggle, but if you have a positive attitude and a thankful heart toward God, it will help you to become better. Life will be more enjoyable when you demonstrate a thankful attitude. A thankful attitude is also a blessing to others. You never know what people around you can benefit from your positive attitude. Gratitude leads to words of kindness, acts of love and sharing other’s burdens. These characteristics allows God to bless others through you.

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    1. Garima says:

      Beautiful thoughts Kim. Please accept my sincerest of gratitude for this. My heart is overwhelmed with this wonderful description of a simple concept of life. Gratitude can make people happier, improve their relationships, and potentially even counteract depression and suicidal thoughts. While some studies have associated gratitude with a whole slew of benefits from fewer aches and pains to improved sleep to better cardiovascular health others have found more mixed results.

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    2. Paul Guisbourne-Hilton says:

      This is a wonderful reminder that recovery is a continuous process but worthwhile.
      Finding positive things to do really does make a difference.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to post this article.

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for the reblog.

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  4. jazzyjenness says:

    Thank you for sharing this and I reblogged this on my website.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you I am glad you liked it.

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  5. Haroon Mirza says:

    Inspiring I have gone through some very depressing phases in my life and was down and out but gratitude saved me every time

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. Gratitude improves interpersonal relationships at home and work (Gordon, 2012). The connection between gratitude and happiness is multi-dimensional. Expressing gratitude not only to others but also to ourselves, induces positive emotions, primarily happiness. By producing feelings of pleasure and contentment, gratitude impacts on our overall health and well-being as well.

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      1. Garima says:

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