How to Stay Sober with the Power of Positivity?
It can be difficult to stay on the wagon after years of substance abuse and the array of associated risks that come with addiction, but positive thinking can help you stay sober and avoid falling back into old habits. If you’re struggling with addiction, it’s easy to fall into a negative mindset, even if you know you should focus on what you have instead of what you lack. But thinking positively isn’t just good advice – it’s good science!
Focus on how to stay sober
Getting sober can be incredibly challenging, so keep a positive attitude. The single most important factor in determining sobriety is an individual’s motivation and willingness to change his or her drinking habits. If you want something bad enough, you will find a way; if not, it won’t happen. Having strong support from family and friends during recovery is also critical. Research has shown that those who participate in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are more likely to remain sober than those who don’t.
In recovery, you need a strong support system. You’ll likely have great friends and family who are dedicated to your well-being, but occasionally those closest to us are unaware of how we’re truly feeling because we hide our emotions beneath a veil of positivity. You must surround yourself with positive people; however, it is also significant that you develop genuine positivity within yourself. This will help prevent relapse in times of stress or temptation.
Here are some ways to think positively: –
- Try not to compare yourself to others. Just like comparing apples and oranges, you can’t make an accurate comparison between two different people. Focus on your strengths and abilities instead of worrying about what others may be doing better than you.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Surrounding yourself with toxic individuals is never healthy for anyone involved. If someone makes you feel bad about yourself, distance yourself from them immediately. If they bring negativity into your life, they won’t contribute anything meaningful to it either way.
- Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you—and don’t take things for granted! Every day brings new opportunities and experiences—you just have to open up your eyes and pay attention! Don’t get stuck thinking negatively when something good happens. Instead, focus on how lucky you are to have been given another chance at success. Remember to breathe.
A sober lifestyle is about so much more than giving up substance abuse. It’s about learning how to be happy and healthy without using something, or someone, else as a crutch. And if there’s one thing that can help you achieve sobriety in every sense of the word, it’s meditation and prayer—two practices that encourage acceptance of what is and clarity on what could be. Meditation teaches us to accept things for what they are and let go of any negative emotions we may have attached to them; prayer reminds us that we are not alone, but part of a greater whole. Both practices will serve you well in your recovery process by helping you focus on positivity rather than negativity.
We’re all human, and occasionally, we slip up. When you do, forgive yourself for your shortcomings—and more importantly, forgive others for theirs. When someone does something wrong, think about why they might have done it. For example, if a friend keeps canceling plans last minute, maybe she has a lot on her plate at work or is having some family issues at home. Life is tough and full of surprises—cut people some slack when things go wrong! You never know what could be going on in their lives. And, remember: forgiveness doesn’t mean you let people off scot-free; it just means that you don’t hold on to resentment. If someone does something that hurts you, talk to them about it, so they can understand how their actions affected you (and so they can apologize). Then move forward from there and don’t let them take up space in your mind any more than necessary.
This way, you won’t be bringing any negativity into your life. Instead, fill it with positivity by being kind to yourself and others around you. This will not only help keep your stress levels down but also bring joy into your life.
So many people are struggling with addiction problems today, I hope my experiences help inspire change within themselves to live a happier, healthier life!
Exercise your mind, body, and soul to stay sober
Many addicts have difficulties exercising their minds, bodies, and souls. People suffering from addiction often have very low self-esteem—and they’re also in poor physical condition. The good news is that people can dramatically improve their lives and break out of addictive cycles by making small but consistent changes in all three areas. By exercising your mind, body, and soul regularly, you’ll be giving yourself every opportunity to stay sober in life…and clean in mind. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer yoga or running; going for walks or swimming laps; painting landscapes or practicing calligraphy; knitting scarves or throwing pots. There are hundreds of ways to make time for exercise, so find something that works for you and stick with it!
Taking part in activities outside of work will give you more opportunities to meet new people and broaden your social circle, which is critical for maintaining sobriety. After all, how else will you go out drinking with friends?
Now take one day at a time: One day at a time may sound clichéd, but there’s the truth behind those words.
Contact with others
Anyone who’s been in recovery knows that it can be difficult to stay sober. When you’re around people who drink or do drugs, it’s easy to justify your behavior and break down. Stay sober by surrounding yourself with supportive people—people who you know are not only happy for your success but will celebrate your wins. Reach out to friends and family members who have similar goals as you; connect with a support group; join an online community of like-minded individuals. Staying connected to others is one of the best ways to maintain sobriety over time.
Though it can be difficult at times, you must maintain a level head and stay focused on your goal. Be careful not to let fear of relapse get in your way; try your best to keep in mind all you’ve been through and all you have yet to accomplish. When in doubt, think back on why you decided to change your life in the first place and set small achievable goals 1along the way.
Believe you are able to stay sober
Those who believe they can and those who believe they can’t are both right. This belief is an integral part of living a happy, healthy life. If you don’t think you can cut out your vices permanently, then why even bother attempting it? You must give yourself every advantage possible in your battle against addiction by believing that your recovery will last.
Don’t hold grudges stay
If someone has hurt you or screwed you over, then it’s tempting to want to seek revenge. However, if you hold on to a grudge, you’re just hurting yourself and making your life more difficult. Learning how to let go of anger and resentment is key to staying sober for good.
As you can see, positive thinking is a vital part of long-term sobriety. You must not be afraid to face your fears head-on. Acknowledging them for what they may be, scary, but it’s also crucial in helping you stay sober for good. If you’re struggling with addiction, please reach out and ask for help. Many people want to help to support you—you just have to ask!