Life’s filled with ups and downs. It’s difficult to keep strong and stay positive when facing everyday struggles. This is especially true when in recovery and learning new coping skills.
We’re here to help.
Keep reading for 10 tips for staying sober when you’re feeling weak
1. Believe in Yourself
Getting sober often comes with a lot of guilt about past mistakes and choices. That can become a focus of your thoughts when you need to be concentrating on all you’ve done right.
Acknowledge how far you’ve come. Remember the strength you have. You have survived 100% of your worst days, and you are on the right track.
A setback is only a setback, not a failure. Hard times will come, you’ve survived them before and you’ll get through this one too. You’re stronger now because you’re more experienced.
While it sounds cliche it’s true when they say “take one day at a time”. In fact, sometimes you have to take one minute at a time.
You have the strength to make the right choice. Just worry about 60 seconds at a time.
Be strong for one minute. Before you know it, you’ve made it through another day triumphantly.
Take time to reflect on your worth, on the coping skills that have helped you so far and on a belief in a higher power and loved ones that support you.
2. Accentuate the Positive
Spend time doing positive things, with positive people and making positive choices. The more positive you have in your life, the easier it is to cope with the negative.
There are ways to accentuate the positive in your life:
Focusing on your blessings and the things you’re grateful for can help you see the good in even the worst of times.
Many find keeping a gratitude journal to be a great way to retrain your brain to look for the good in a day rather than the struggles.
Setting aside ten minutes at the end of your day to write down just a few things or people that you’re grateful for in your day.
Find something you love to do and do it. Whether it’s sports, art, music, or another hobby that brings you joy. Physical activity is good for the body, mind, and spirit.
A lot of times when someone is struggling with addiction they lose interest in their favorite activities and hobbies.
Think about what activities you used to do, or what you’ve always wanted to try and start setting aside time to do something for you.
Positive Books and Music
Immersing yourself in positive books and music can help put your mind in a positive place. Stories of recovery and success can help encourage you to stay on the right track.
Music is an incredibly powerful tool for elevating a mood. . Choose uplifting music to empower you and motivate you.
3. Connect with Your Higher Power
Connecting with your higher power can help you find strength and to realize your worth. The more you are able to connect with your creator, the more you’ll learn to love yourself and see your worth as a child of God.
Find support from a Christian based drug and alcohol recovery program to be able to more naturally infuse faith into your recovery efforts.
Prayer or guided meditation can help you feel connected to your higher power.
4. Connect with Nature
Nature can elevate your mood and relieve stress while helping you clear your mind and focus your thoughts.
Taking a camera along for your hike can help you stop to appreciate the beauty around you.
5. Avoid Triggers and Old Stomping Grounds
It can be easy to slide into old habits and negative coping mechanisms when life gets tough.
This can be especially true if you’re surrounded by the same people, places and things you used to party around. Take a step back from the triggers in your life.
It’s okay to take a break from the people who make sobriety difficult.
6. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Staying Sober
It can be hard to stay focused on a bright future if you don’t know what you’re working towards.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can help you stay sober by giving you something to set your sights on.
The principles of S.M.A.R.T. goals:
It’s important to know what you want to accomplish. The more detailed you are, the easier it is for you to envision accomplishing it. Know what your goal is and how you expect to achieve it.
You can’t tell how close you are to reaching a goal if you can’t measure your progress. Set goals that you can quantify. Have milestones that will help you see how far you’ve gotten.
There’s nothing more disheartening than setting a goal that’s unachievable. If you’ve been a couch potato for the past ten years, setting a goal to be in the next Olympics is probably not an achievable goal for you.
You want to challenge yourself but don’t set yourself up for failure.
The goals you set today need to bring you closer to your long-term goals otherwise what’s the point in accomplishing them in the first place. Relevant goals keep you motivated.
If there’s no time limit on your goal, you’ll always find something more time-sensitive that needs your attention. Thousands of people have storage and spare rooms filled with half done projects and half written books because life got busy.
Setting a time limit helps you stay motivated and avoid procrastinating on your personal goals.
7. Support Groups and Workshops
Alcoholics Annonymous and various support groups are available in almost every community. Many find these regular meetings to be a wealth of strength and encouragement to stay sober.
They’re a great place to get helpful tips for staying sober and to find acceptance and understanding from others who understand the struggle it is to do so.
Several Health Care Facilities offer addiction and mental health workshops that teach coping and life skills.
8. Personal Therapy or Spiritual Counseling
When you’re feeling weak it can help to have a listening ear and some professional or spiritual guidance. Many find strength from having someone to bounce ideas off of and to be able to vent to in a safe and confidential environment.
Many spiritual leaders offer faith-based counseling and can refer visitors to further resources of similar beliefs.
You’re Not Alone
Beating an addiction can feel like a very lonely process but you’re never alone. You have loved ones who want the best for you and you have a Father in Heaven who is on your side.
You can beat addiction and find your purpose and joy in life.
If you follow our tips for staying sober and rely on the strength given to you by God and your loved ones you’ll find your journey filled with blessings and lessons that you’re eternally grateful for.
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