Learning How To Press Pause
It is true that you can’t press rewind on your life but you can pause and continue. Pressing pause means that you can take a step back and take a time out. In recovery learning how to put your recovery first is a must. Yes, it is true that you are not to be selfish and help others when they need it and to give back but if you must also give yourself a break. It’s hard for people in recovery to step back, disconnect and give themselves a break. It doesn’t mean that you should go completely off the the grid but give yourself 30 mins or an hour to remove yourself from whatever situation is bothering you. This is where a good meditation or visualization practice can come into play and help you reset. Also take into consideration the amount of time you are “connected” to the Internet through your laptop or mobile device. The need to be in the know at all times can cause high levels of stress and distract you from your recovery. Don’t forget to press continue and keep moving forward towards your future because that’s what you can change, that’s what you have an active role in. Don’t waste your time worrying about all the things you could’ve done when your journey is still vey much alive.
Accepting the Past
The past is why you are where you are right now and for better or worst that is okay. To continue to beat yourself up over it is not going to help you feel any better or change what has happened. Nothing will change what has happened so it’s best to learn how to deal with it and cope with it in a healthy way. You’ve come so far already and if you’ve had a few bad days that’s okay too. Everyday is not going to be sunshine and flowers. It’s going to rain, the clouds are going to follow you around and hey, you might not even be able to get out of bed sometimes. Go through the motions, feel and accept those moods, write them down, reflect on them later and stick to your game plan for coping. No one is perfect. No one. We can only be ourselves and you’ve got a story to tell – your story. Go to meetings, talk to your sponsor, help someone else and keep your head up.
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