The throes of addiction and mental health disorders can make you feel emotionally numb. Early recovery is about getting back your emotional balance. The process can be challenging, and you might question whether or not you can ever return to feeling joy, happiness, motivation, and inspiration. You might also wonder if your muse is still intact. It is, but it is going to take work and a little spark of creativity and imagination to get it going again.
January is National Hobby Month and might be the best opportunity to find your muse. By now, you may have come to understand that hobbies and your recovery go hand in hand in sustaining lasting and meaningful sobriety. Taking advantage of National Hobby Month’s opportunities is a great way to explore new ideas and pursuits.
Aftercare: What to do with Life Now?
One of the most intimidating questions you will probably ask yourself after treatment is, “what now?” Trying to plan long-term and short-term goals in early recovery can be difficult. You might still struggle with cravings, learning to identify negative thought patterns, or communicating needs to others. Getting a handle on managing your recovery early on is tough, and it might leave you feeling overwhelmed as to how to move forward. Understand that you are not the first person to leave treatment, wondering what direction you will go in.
Fluctuations in your moods and cravings may be the most common in early recovery. At True Recovery, our aftercare program understands these concerns and helps you build a healthy support system to help you continue to focus on moving forward. Having a strong support group is essential to help you find motivation through a hobby and other practices. Therapists, counselors, mentors, and friends help you remedy your roadblocks by working with you to construct a plan to redress the negative patterns.
What Inspires You?
Sometimes the best way to find something out about yourself is to ask yourself questions. It might have been a while since you have asked yourself this question, but seriously ask yourself, what inspires you? Or, who inspires you? Is there a kind of music or book that you draw inspiration from? Do you admire fictitious characters or historical figures? Does somebody from your peer support inspire you? Determining answers to these questions not only helps you think about what inspires you, but you should begin to discover why they inspire you. Does music make you happy? Do you admire the person from your peer group because they embody a sense of leadership and motivation? If you are having a hard time, try thinking back to your childhood for clues about what inspires you.
Thinking about these questions should begin to provoke ideas within. You might soon find that your concerns have less to do with being depleted of ideas, creativity, and muse, but instead that you just have not been in touch with your inner feelings for some time. You can focus on these questions by using meditation, yoga, or mindfulness practices. These healthy practices can help you explore areas beyond your questions to understand the underlying emotional influences surrounding how you feel and be considered hobbies themselves! You can practice these at home or utilize our professionally guided sessions at True Recovery through our outstanding telehealth services.
Try New Things
You might still find it hard to pinpoint the best hobby for you. Understand that finding something that you enjoy can be hit and miss, so don’t become discouraged if the first pursuit does not pan out. Keep trying new things. By being willing to put yourself out there, you are opening up yourself to endless possibilities. The exercise of the pursuit is also beneficial because even if you do not find a hobby right away, you are developing self-confidence. That’s right, even reaching a dead-end, taking a wrong turn, and making mistakes all help strengthen your character, connection with others, resilience, and confidence to know that you can endure.
You can even use this approach to help you set short-term goals; for example, you might place a goal to draw or paint one picture this month or maybe learn three chords on a guitar. Setting these short-term goals is a great way to help distract you from the cravings and triggers you might experience in early recovery. Soon, you are sure to find a hobby that appeals to your strengths and connects with you.
Finding a hobby can be both a challenging and rewarding pursuit. Remember that early recovery feelings don’t last forever and that somewhere inside of you is your muse and your untapped potential. Recovery is about patience and persistence so remember to move at your pace. It is also vital to know yourself and rediscover all of the traits that make you unique. Understand that your addiction no longer defines you; you now write your own story. The freedom that comes with sobriety is unlike any other. It can be intimidating, wielding all this power at once. If you are too overwhelmed, seek help. Our professional staff at True Recovery will help you channel your focus to move at your recovery pace. Our goal is to provide you the tools to sustain lasting recovery. True Recovery’s treatment models ignite real transformation through advanced psychological and psychiatric techniques and evidence-based therapies. With 24/7 admissions, we are always open to help. To learn more, call us today at (866) 399-6528.