With each day bringing uncertainty and new challenges, it is understandable that you might feel frustrated and out of sorts at times—you have the right to feel this way. You also owe it to yourself to feel motivated and upbeat. While you may not be able to control the thoughts that come to mind, understand that your attitude is important to your recovery, maybe now more than ever.
Kickstart Your Day
How you start your day could have a lasting impression on how your entire day will play out. If you wake up dreading or hating the daily tasks that lie ahead, you might end up not doing much that day. Due to the shelter-in-place orders, this dread can create a dangerous loop of behavior that could lead to more negative behaviors and choices. Instead of supporting your dread, try to shift your outlook.
Start by keeping a gratitude journal. Each day, write down or review everything that you are thankful for in your life. This practice is said to improve your outlook and encourage a good frame of mind for you throughout your day. Practicing gratitude also increases positivity, and if you are consistent, this positivity can improve how you react to certain situations. It will also help improve your self-esteem, reduce stress, and make you happier. Designate a time during the day (morning or night) to reflect on the things you are thankful for. You do not need to overwhelm yourself trying to fill page after page on a daily basis; you only need to write down three to five things that you are thankful for.
What Are You Watching/Reading?
While TV and books can provide a good distraction for you to escape the stresses of everyday life, evidence suggests that what you watch could affect your emotions. If the majority of what you are watching and reading is violent, tense, or competitive, then this could influence your emotions, too. Try to reduce the amount of violent, tense, or competitive media you watch or read—this also includes the news. Implement movies and books that are more inspirational, funny, and all-around light-hearted.
When thoughts begin to pile up, it can stir up emotions attached to the past and create fears that they might happen again. You might become lost in these thoughts and as a result lose perspective on what is really happening around you. You must remember the journey that brought you to where you are, how you weathered many storms, and how despite it all, you remain sober. You did not arrive here by demanding results, you understand that managing anything worth doing in life is similar to gardening; it takes time to grow and flourish. Therefore, manage your thoughts by being mindful of what is happening—stay in the present and focus on building a better future for your recovery.
Have Something to Look Forward to Each Day
The anticipation of something does wonders for motivation and keeping focused. However, since you are no longer leaving the office at the end of your workday, you do not even have the reward for coming home after a long day of work. You may not even get the same feeling you do when it is Friday. Also, because you are around the comforts of home, it might be hard to resist binge-watching TV all day and overindulging in activities that are normally rewards for your efforts. This is why sticking to a structure will help to not only curb your overindulgence, but it will make your little rewards exciting again. You could even get creative and change it up. Maybe your reward is a special kind of tea or coffee that you save for the afternoon when your work is finished. The main goal is to find a good way to stay focused so you may be motivated to achieve your reward.
Recognize Your Successes
Much like gratitude, take time each day to relish in your small successes. In doing so, you will reinforce why you do this in the first place. Understand that any success, whether it is big or small, is worth celebrating on your road to recovery. Do not fret if you do not hit all your marks—if all you did today was stay sober, that is still a big success, and you should be proud.
The goal is to find ways to stay positive during this time of uncertainty, and you can do that by putting your recovery first. Create a schedule that continues to build on the positive, and hold yourself accountable—set goals, reach out to friends and family, utilize all of your tools. If you are still finding it difficult to change your attitude toward things, do not hesitate to ask for further help. True Recovery believes in finding the right care you need to maintain your recovery. For more information, please call us today at (866)-399-6528.