Positive thinking is a powerful thing. If you believe you can do it, it will happen. That is why positive thinking and mantras are great tools to help with recovery. The more positive the attitude, the better the healing; it is the same with recovery.
449 Recovery in Orange County, California, has put together some tips for positive thinking and mantras to help you through your recovery.
How positive thinking and mantras work with recovery
Mantras are reverberations or sensations that produce the desired effect, such as healing, self-awareness, or change. When chanting mantras, the mind discharges the positive energy that lowers the negative thoughts or stress.
Clinical studies, including one from Harvard, show that chanting mantras for just 10 minutes can lower anxiety and depression in the human body and other issues.
Our top 8 tips
We have put together our top eight tips on positive thinking and mantras.
- If you want something you have never had, you must do something you have never done before. Try new things. While trying new things can be intimidating, addicts need new results. One way to do something new is to seek help in conquering and coping with our demons.
- Progress, not perfection. None of us are perfect, so stop trying to be perfect but work toward improvement. You will make mistakes we all do, but making a less powerful mistake than a mistake you have made before is progress, so celebrate it as progress.
- Halt. Know your triggers. Some triggers include halt – hungry, angry, loneliness, and tiredness. If you do not have a plan to deal with those triggers, the best course of action is no action. That’s right, do nothing.
- Grow with what you go through. You know the old saying, it’s not the hand you’re dealt but how you play the hand. It is the same thing; it is not what you go through in life but how you react and handle those things. The more positive way you deal with those issues, the more you grow.
- Get to know the real you. Sobriety introduces us to our authentic selves. You will learn new things about yourself. Revealing certain things is not always easy, but becoming aware of yourself is crucial and the first step to living sober.
- Don’t think, Do. Thinking about it does not work. You must do it. Even if you do not entirely believe in the twelve steps, do them while your mental perception catches up to your actions.
- Do the next right thing. As addicts, our lives were over complicated. It is time to return to simplicity. Ask yourself, what is the next right thing for me to do? It may be simple. It may be a challenge, but in order to do the next right thing, you must start.
- Acceptance is the answer to today’s problems. Accepting you’re an addict will make you look forward. To be happy, one must acknowledge their life as it is, not as they wish it to be. As an addict, you can never take another drink or substance without returning to the addict you once were. Understanding and accepting this makes it easier to deal with the issue.
449 Recovery in Orange County offers both short and long-term treatment plans. We provide a safe, clean environment where you can learn the skills you need to live with your addiction. We prepare you for a sober life using cognitive-based therapy, psychoeducation, motivational, and family counseling. We offer referrals to sober living homes and outpatient treatment as well.
If you are ready to enter treatment and begin your recovery, contact us today and learn more about 449 Recovery treatment center.