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Why Can’t I Get Motivated?

Losing motivation happens to the best of us. There are some days we just can’t even with life. It’s hard to get out of bed, be productive, or stay on our “A” game. As a person in recovery, don’t beat yourself up. These days happen to everyone, but it’s a normal feeling you can fight through to get back up again.

Snap Out of It

Motivation is about loosening the definition of what it means to be influenced by what to think, feel, and do. Everyone has different motivators. Certain motivators that led to use of drugs and alcohol can lead the way to being motivated to stay sober. Everyone has different motivators. If you are struggling to get motivated, stay focused on the main goal: recovery. Immediate gratification is not your best friend. Recovery means staying the course, through the ups and downs.

Envision Benefits

One of your biggest motivators is being able to see your children more often. Because you complete 30 days of treatment and stayed sober in treatment, this does not mean courts will reward you visitation. Imagine if you are trying to work harder to attend meetings and work long days but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll see your children. This may feel less motivating in the moment, but you need to look at all your motivators and why you’re doing this. Focus on the long term motivation for staying clean and sober to keep going on the path.

Be Specific

Your goals are easy to look past if you get overwhelmed. Make a list of how you plan to reach your goals. If you want to be a better parent, write down specifics and how you will achieve it. That may include calling children once a day, attending sporting events, mailing cards, or being cordial with the other parent. Think of this as motivation to reap long-term rewards in a good relationship with the kids now and in the future.

Meet Your Own Needs

Don’t forget the simple ways people stay motivated during their lives. These are just some tips:

  • Get 30 minutes of exercise daily
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Stay hydrated
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Have healthy outlets for hobbies like yoga, meditations, swimming, or running
  • Keep organization at home and work
  • Volunteer to help others

The best way to stay motivated is to make the benefits of recovery come alive and find more healthy alternatives to staying sober. This will help you realize all the ways you’ve gained from recovery rather than looking at what you have lost.

Motivation is a critical component of recovery. If you lose motivation, you may relapse. If you are struggling to stay sober and clean, call us. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources needed to help you stay focused and motivated in recovery from addiction. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964