In the early days of recovery, most people have an abundance of motivation; it is after they leave the recovery center that motivation can slack off. We have put together tips for you to help you keep reaching for recovery.
4 Tips to stay motivated for long term recovery
When you were in early healing you started making changes in your life to stay sober and reduce your risk of relapse. These tips can help you stay motivated to stick to those changes and maybe even make a few more.
1. Feeling stressed? If you are feeling stressed, try exercise or meaningful meditation to reduce the stress level you are feeling. What is it that has you so stressed? Is it something that you cannot remove from your life, such as your job, or is it something that you can avoid? Exercise is also suitable for depression.
Yoga is a great exercise that can help you meditate since it enables you to concentrate on your breathing and to clear your mind. Settling your awareness and centering yourself will relieve the stress you are feeling.
2. Working on relationships should be continued, but you should also be building new relationships with sober people. That is part of changing your old unhealthy habits for new healthy ones. When it comes to working on rebuilding relationships, do not allow the slow pace or, in some cases, the inability to restore that relationship right now, be the cause of you developing stress or depression. Remember the serenity prayer for the wisdom to know the difference between what you can change and that which you can’t change.
3. Find meaningful work will help you build your self-esteem by feeling proud of having a job and feeling like a productive and useful part of society. It will also allow you to provide for yourself, which is something you should be proud of. Remember, you don’t need a million bucks, you just need to pay your bills and put food on your table and that is something to be proud of.
4. Feeling like you need help? Ask for advice from your support group, family, and sober friends. Talk to them about what may be causing you to lose motivation or what may be causing your triggers. They may not have an answer for you, but they might have; plus, just talking about it may help you figure out the solution yourself. It also will help relieve the pressure of anxiety and stress, which could be leading to triggers.
If you have not already started recovery, 449 Recovery can help you with early recovery and teach you more tips for dealing with long-term recovery. Call us today (855) 435-7449 to discuss our programs for alcohol and substance abuse. Let 449 Recovery help you with a fully monitored detox program, individual therapy, group counseling, and even family guidance. It is our goal to help each patient fully reach recovery and maintain sobriety for their lifetime.