What do you do when you start an extensive project? You first make sure you have the tools you need. Recovery is no different. When approaching your sobriety, it’s important that you know that you have the resources to help. Here’s how you can start building your recovery toolbox.
What is a Recovery “Toolbox”?
You know what tools you would need for home improvement. But what tools do you need for self-improvement? When it comes to recovery, there are different types of tools that can help you. This includes:
- Mental and emotional tools. These are coping skills, such as the ability to identify your triggers, and the ability to respond to conflict in a healthy way. These are the tools that help you cope day-to-day, during your recovery.
- Physical tracking tools. These are things like journals and spreadsheets, which help you track how you’re feeling every day, and whether you’re feeling positive or negative about your recovery journey. Having done a fourth and fifth step will be very helpful. Have a 10th step form. Your 12-step book with the pages you highlighted are very helpful.
- Social tools. These are people that you can rely upon during your recovery journey; a social safety net. These include people such as your sponsor, family, and friends. Have the list of number to call.
- Health tools. Getting more exercise, meditating, learning breathing exercises, and other similar things are all ways that you can improve your physical health as well as your mental focus. Everyday tools such as healthy food, proper sleep and exercise play a very big role.
Anything that helps you maintain your sobriety is part of your recovery toolbox.
How to Get Started
A recovery toolbox will be different for everyone. How can you start building your own? Create a list of the things that help you maintain your sobriety, from making yourself a hot cup of tea to listening to your favorite playlist. From there, you can create a reference sheet to consult when you’re feeling that you need some additional help.
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