Why I Love Recovery
On days that are less than shiny, it's hard to remember why we are putting all this hard work into our recovery. These are the days that having a list of things that make it all worth while can be very helpful.
I'd like you to start a collection in your journal of all the wonderful things that you have in your life because of recovery.
This list should look at all aspects of your life.
Physical - How do you move? How does food taste? what is your energy like? What is your sleep like?
Emotional - Do you have control over your emotions? Do you feel your feelings?
What is your mood like?
Spiritual - Is there anything that sparks a sense of well being for you? Do you feel connected to others? Do you have a belief in a higher power?
Social - What are your relationships with your family and friends like? What is your role in their lives like?
Professional - How does your occupation define you? What is your job performance like in sobriety? Has the way you manage your home and chores changed?
Psychological - How have your thought patterns changed? Do you feel as though you are any stronger mentally than you were before? Do you like these changes?
Again, this list is a great one to keep coming back to. You may have a nibble of an omlette on a weekend and remember not being able to eat this early on a Saturday ever before you were always hungover. "I get to enjoy brunch food." goes on the list. It's a list of all the positive changes that you are experiencing.
This will be just another tool in your safety kit to help you stay on track.
Enjoy this exercise!