Does life ever get you down? Yeah, it can and trying to stay in recovery is hard enough. So, what do you do to get ‘over the humps’?
Pay attention to the areas where balanced strength are important:
1. Physical Health 2. Emotional Health 3. Relationships 4. Job Satisfaction 5. Help Your Community
Your spiritual strength leads the way whenever you feel weak in some area of life. Pray, knowing that God is ALWAYS there for you.
Identify what- exactly- you are feeling. Ask yourself questions to help you figure out the truth of your emotions. Honestly consider if your perceptions are accurate. For example, if you are struggling within any of your relationships, do you really understand the other person, or are you assuming you know? Are you trying to please him/her and your efforts are unnoticed? Our emotional well-being relies heavily on our interactions and true communications with others. If you are feeling self pity, shame, guilt, or apathetic, dig deep within and figure out the real source, then honestly consider what would help to remedy that?
If you are reading this because you feel overwhelmed with life in general, please contact someone who can help; professional services are available.
If you have doubts about your ability to STAY in recovery, reach out to someone in your support circle. You will have doubts, moments of weakness, but there is always help. Face your doubt head-on. What is the worst case scenario? Can you live with it? YES! Sometimes the worst case scenario is that we might have to bite off some humble pie. That is actually, healthy, believe it or not, so that we don’t get too cocky. A daily inspirational or motivation book might be helpful. You can find countless helpful books for very reasonable prices with free shipping at Better World Books.
Or maybe you think you should care more about something that you do, acknowledge what it is, how important it is and if it’s important to someone that is important to you, ‘act as if’ you care. Remember that from treatment? Acting as if you are the good person you used to be before you changed with addiction is the best way to re connect with that person. It won’t hurt to listen, ask questions and give some of your time and attention to someone else. Remember, somebody did that for you!
This blog can’t even begin to address all problems we face, only YOU can. If you are reading this because you are so overwhelmed that in spite of everything you know, you still want to use, call your sponsor, another person in recovery, or a hotline. But don’t wait!