Yay! You’re newly sober and looking for tips to better yourself and rock your sober life.
Just like you, I chose to get sober because addiction wasn’t fun anymore. What started out as a weekend fling turned into a full blow, non-stop heroin addiction that took me to the darkest depths of hell.
I was sick and tired of my life. I was ready for a change. Going from addiction to recovery is a HUGE change. A complete lifestyle change, a total mindset change, and a do or die situation.
Change Is Hard
Implementing positive change in your life and to yourself is a great thing to do. Yet, trying to make too many changes at once can often lead to disappointment.
Trying to do a total makeover and change yourself from the inside out is pretty much impossible. You can’t expect to go to bed sober and wake up a brand new person.
So how about you work on trying to better yourself? Make it a point to get to know yourself, learn to love yourself, and then you can see the exact areas you need to work on.
To get started, here are several tips to better yourself after addiction so you can get well on your way to living a kick-ass sober life.
7 Tips To Better Yourself After Addiction
#1. Don’t Be Afraid Of Success
This is very common for recovering addicts, being afraid of success.
You worry when everything is going well.
In your mind, life can’t possibly be this great. You are so used to things going wrong. So naturally, you are expecting something to go wrong. You won’t embrace success because you expect to fail. I get it, this was a struggle for me and still is at times.
People are afraid of success for many reasons. Such as fear of losing their identity, more responsibility being added, and raised expectations.
Success is a good thing though and something you deserve. I mean, YOU ARE SOBER. That’s a HUGE SUCCESS.
You can handle success by truly believing and knowing you deserve it. As more times goes on, you will become better at accepting your success, without trying to sabotage it.
Success is easy to accept when you choose to stay authentic, remember who you are,
#2. Get Enough Sleep
Who doesn’t need more sleep? And to think that sleeping really does will better your life. As long as you don’t over do it.
The scientific benefits of sleep are countless. The more rest you get, the happier you are. The better your physical health becomes, the more your decision-making will improve.
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Getting enough sleep also detoxes the brain and recharge your batteries. This enables you to do your best work and be at your best when you need to be.
According to the drug rehab center, Whole Health, there are many misconceptions about how to get a good night’s sleep in addiction recovery. You want to abstaining from sleeping pills, alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes can improve sleep. If this is difficult for you, then try meditation and relaxation techniques. There are some handy apps for this which are free and are very good at sending you off to sleep.
#3. Work Out In The Morning
To better yourself, you have to better your health. Working out in the morning might not be something you want to do but, it is so effective.
If you can force yourself out of bed in the morning, your energy will be much better for the rest of the day. And
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Think of it like this. If you work out first thing in the morning then you’ll get it out of the way. You won’t sit through work, dreading your workout later when you are exhausted. Plus, then you will have time to talk yourself out of it.
Just do it so you won’t be sitting at home in the evening feeling guilty for not doing it. Whether you are trying to lose weight or just want to wake up in a positive manner, morning exercise is the way to go.
No one ever regrets a workout, getting up and getting active is the best way to start the day.
It might sound silly, but give it a try. Every morning or night, write down three things that you’re grateful for that day.
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It will make you feel much happier. You could write them in a journal or on post-its and put them into a jar. Then, anytime you’re feeling down or stuck, have a flick through the book or take one note out of the jar and read it. It really will make you feel better, it’s an incredible feeling.
#5. Don’t Criticise Or Judge Others
To become the best version of yourself, you need
to try to get rid of negative thoughts and energy. If you’re thinking negative thoughts about others and feeling negativity towards others then you need to work on that.
Throwing negative energy at people and potentially damaging a person’s self-worth and self-esteem is rooted in how you feel about yourself.
It’s a well-known fact that people try to hurt others to make themselves feel better.
Remember that nice people
You can avoid criticizing and judging others by not assuming anything; know it’s not about you, and pretend to walk in their shoes to see the situation from their perspective.
#6. Ask For Help
Hiring help is one way to do this. And there’s no need to feel bad about needing help. People make a living off ironing, cleaning, dog walking, or babysitting. If you need some help and have the money, then go for it.
If you need help in other ways, then ask for it. Taking yourself off to a yoga retreat or a detox week could be exactly what you need. It is ideal to have a little break and gain a little perspective.
#7. Be Positive About Yourself
Try to silence your inner critic and put a positive spin on things. You can start by eliminating negative vocabulary, such as always, can’t, never (and ever), won’t, but, should, and try.
As Yoda would say, “Do or do not. There is no try.” and remember that you can do it. T
Take It Slow
When trying to change your lifestyle, your mindset, and better yourself, you need to take things slow.
These 7 tips are a great starting point. Yet, don’t try to do it all at once. Take it one step at a time.
Know Yourself To Better Yourself
Making the change from addict to recovering addict is difficult, especially at first.
To make these tips easier to implement, you need to get to know yourself and the way you think, what you need to work on, and so forth.
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To do this, I journal. Journaling is a great form of self-therapy that really allows me to work on myself. As I’m sure it will do the same for you.
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