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Build a Positive Life in Recovery with These Helpful Hints

Build a Positive Life in Recovery with These Helpful Hints

Building a positive life in recovery is harder than most people think. It is not easy to rebuild from the ground up, which is essentially what happens in the aftermath of addiction. Change can feel intimidating. People want to set healthy goals and take positive steps forward but where to start is the question many face. These five pillars of building a healthy life in recovery can be helpful as a starting point.

  • Positive emotions. Life satisfaction and contentment have a huge impact on wellbeing. Before going to bed, it can help to write down three things that went well, or practice gratitude journaling, which is a way of looking over the day’s events and finding positive things to be thankful for.
  • Engagement. Finding strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses is helpful when building a positive mindset. If a strength is humor or playfulness, it can help to develop strategies for how to build on this in a way that helps people cope on a day-to-day basis.
  • Relationships. Too often, people focus on how to argue a point and fight over the little things. Instead, it helps to celebrate good things together in relationship with people. It helps to offer praise for specific things a loved one did then ask about it in detail. Letting the person share shows that the other person is listening and showing interest in their life.
  • Meaning. This involves belonging to and serving with something that a person believes is bigger than they are. This can be helpful when building a purpose-driven life in recovery. Finding meaning beyond oneself is a huge part of wellbeing.
  • Accomplishment. When people feel accomplished, they realize they don’t need to be the smartest to achieve great things. Having courage and resolve to see things through can be key to feeling successful in recovery. Develop these to create a sense of wellbeing.
  • Grit and determination. Grit is all about courage and resolution to see things through to the very end. Developing these builds a sense of accomplishment, along with self-compassion.

Finding ways to build those positive emotions in recovery will help create building blocks for the challenges people face. Having friends and loved ones is helpful but only if they are also helping people go towards these goals. Having people in one’s life who just bring them down or are negative can be detrimental. It helps to look at how everyone is supporting the recovery journey to be sure it is all about moving forward in a positive way rather than focused on the past or negative things.

Moving forward in recovery is difficult but necessary. The tools and resources can be helpful when developing those positive muscles needed to succeed long-term. We are here to help you every step of the way.  Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401