Sober living anyone?
What’s harder? Giving up a bad habit or starting a good one?
Sober living may seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be that way.
The key is to not focus on what you’re giving up. Focus on what you’re about to get. In building new habits and new routines, you’re going to see new strength in yourself and find new wins every day.
So let’s take a look at five tips that will make sober living easier for you.
Stay Busy, Not Stressed
You know what they say about idle hands.
A lot of people will throw themselves into their job or career. Best intentions there, but that may actually lead to new stress and send you back down a familiar dark path.
Be Honest With Yourself About What Sober Living Is
You need to set very realistic expectations of yourself, and the people around you.
The most obvious example of this is how you spend your social time. Be completely honest about who you should spend your time with. That includes old friends who you used to drink with, or family members who may stress you out and send you into relapse.
There is no shame in minimizing your time with either of those people. Recovery is about you and what you need.
Count Your Blessings. Look For New Ones
Gratitude is one of the most rewarding habits you can ever develop.
We’re not talking about becoming a demonstrative lunatic that walks around saying “thank you, sunshine, for the heat. Thank you, oak tree, for the shade.”
But be grateful for the people, experiences, sensations, or places that make you happy.
Take stock in them and look for new ones and it will really help you feel lucky, which will put you in a better position to deal with stress when it arrives.
Get Your Finances In Order
You might’ve done some damage to your bank account and your credit while you were drinking. So it can be incredibly rewarding and helpful to start to reverse the damage and get yourself back on track.
Avoid HALT Triggers
These are the states of mind that can create conflict when there doesn’t need to be any. Being aware of these states can help you cut yourself some slack when you’re in the thick of one (or more), which allows you to not be at your best without beating yourself up.
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