Mental relapse during recovery is one of the hardest parts of relapse to return from. Amid the current circumstances, your recovery regimen could especially be at risk. As each day passes with no real answers as to when things might return to some semblance of normal, it is probably hard to find things to be thankful for; therefore your lack of motivation is causing you to spend more time with negative thoughts. However, you might not realize all of the things you have to be thankful for.
Appreciate the Little Things
An essential part of the recovery process is having to recognize your small victories and achievements, reflect on everything you have gained, and show your appreciation. While current times might be clouding your thoughts, making you think there is nothing to be thankful for, remember to mind the little things in life. It is easy to overlook what you have when you are only thinking about what you do not have or cannot do anymore.
It is spring, which means days are getting longer, the sun is more present, the weather is warmer, green is returning to the grass, and the trees and flowers are blooming. Nature has not gone away. So you might want to ask yourself, when was the last time you stepped outside to look up at the stars or sat at the kitchen table with a morning cup of coffee or tea and watched the sunrise? It is no secret that experiencing nature can have a positive impact on you. It provides an excellent opportunity to spend time with your thoughts—to feel your place in the world, go for a walk, and hear the creatures of nature singing. It also gives you a reason to wake up at a consistent time each day. Nature is something you should be thankful for.
It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. You might have found it hard to find humor in many things as of late—but that does not mean humor has gone away. You might have neglected to allow yourself to laugh, but laughter is a great way to combat negative mood states, such as anger or sadness. Additionally, it can help alleviate anxiety. When you laugh, you release endorphins that help reduce stress, and can even strengthen your immune system. It is important to find something or someone to laugh with every day. Watch movies or comedians that make you laugh. Try to get a good laugh at least once a day. Before bed is a great time because it will diffuse any negative thoughts, sending you off to bed with a more positive state of mind.
current circumstances have presented a lot of people with a lot of time to explore the things they always wanted to do. Haven’t you ever found yourself expressing that it would be amazing if only you had the time to explore or complete something you always wanted to? Now you do. You can write that novel or screenplay, take up painting, or learn to play a musical instrument—whatever it is that you always wanted time for, you now have it. This is also a good opportunity to challenge yourself and learn something new about yourself or make changes by setting new personal goals—and that is something to be thankful for.
Appreciate the Big Things
Just because things around you might have seemed to have lost their luster, it does not mean they lost their importance. Like the small things, maybe you have just been overlooking the accomplishments you have amassed during your recovery.
A Roof Over Your Head
Currently, your home or apartment might be feeling more like a prison cell than a home because it has had to accommodate being many different things: a place to relax, an office, a gym, a cafe, etc. That being said, remember to appreciate the fact that you still have a roof over your head—something to be thankful for. You might reward your home by tidying up, or getting into a deep clean: emptying closets of clutter, rearranging rooms, or painting walls. Household chores are a great way to practice responsibility and hold yourself accountable. Remember to be thankful that not only do you have a roof over your head, but that your home can offer so many positive ways to help your recovery.
Friendships and Family
The friends you have made in recovery, as well as the friends and family who helped you through your recovery are still here for you. Like you, they probably share similar questions, stresses, and concerns regarding these times, so remember that you have each other. Instead of choosing isolation, reach out and convene. Be thankful that you can find an ear that will listen.
It should never be overlooked that each day you remain sober is a cause to celebrate. No matter how bad things seem, remember that your worst day of sobriety is better than your best day of addiction, and this is something to be thankful for.
We Are All in This Together
Given the recent circumstances, there has been a constant feeling of hopelessness pressing upon the world. Despite it all, though, people are resilient and continue to move forward. People are coming together in ways like never before—and on a global scale. From health workers to grocery store employees to delivery services. People have risen to the occasion, and as a result, heroes have been born. This is something to not only be thankful for, but inspired by. You, too, play a role in this. You, too, can be a hero by staying resilient and focusing on improving yourself to come out of this a better, stronger you.
It can be difficult to find ways in which to be thankful during these times. However, if you try, you will discover many things to be thankful for. The above article only explores some things to be thankful for, but there are no limits to what you can be thankful for—it could be your pet, your wardrobe, or even a full fridge. Start by making a list and filling the page with everything you are thankful for. If you are still struggling to generate momentum to get away from negative thoughts, True Recovery is here to help. We believe in providing customized care, enabling us to find the right care specific to your unique needs. To learn more and get help today, please call (866) 399-6528.