Everyone deserves to love and be loved by others, especially during these trying times. Equally as important is learning to love yourself and look after your own happiness and wellbeing. Self-love benefits you and others due to the positive effect it has on your life. During recovery, it can be a valuable tool to build your confidence and self-esteem. Here are a few ways to practice self-love and grow in this area of your life.
Be Kind to Yourself
We could all use more kindness in our lives. Kind words and actions can lift our spirits and make life’s difficulties easier to bear. Don’t let a day pass by without saying something nice to yourself, whether it’s about a comment you made, something you did or the way you look. Treat yourself to a delicious meal, a yummy snack or your favorite beverage. Do something you enjoy simply to make yourself happy. Your happiness is sure to spill over on others.
We all come into this world full of promise and possibility. For some, when born into a healthy and highly functional family, the journey is quite easy, with guideposts and directions given freely.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
Stay positive about yourself and your life, even in difficult times. Recovery can be a long, difficult process. A positive attitude will make it easier to stay clean and sober as you start your new life. Focus on the good and be thankful for your accomplishments. Remind yourself often that you are unique and special and worthy of joy and happiness in life.
“We must be willing to begin to learn to love ourselves.” Louise L. Hay. We are more than our addictions. In recovery, it is easy to neglect other aspects of our lives and health.
Everyone makes mistakes and you are no exception. If you’ve hurt others by your mistakes, apologize to them and move on. Forgive yourself as well and then let go of the past so you can start anew. Recovery is all about giving yourself a second chance in life. Don’t let guilt or remorse over the past keep you from building a better, brighter future.
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Think of something you’re grateful for daily and write it down in a journal. Keeping a gratitude journal will remind you that, despite the hardships of life, there’s always something to be thankful for. Recording these things in a journal keeps your heart and mind focused on the good. It’s a constant reminder of your blessings and how much you are loved by God and others. When you’re in recovery, every day you stay clean and sober is worthy of thanks as it puts you closer to building a healthier, happier life with those you love.
“Today, celebrate who you are.” “We can show our gratitude for life in even our smallest actions.” “Could it be that you’re who you are and where you are now for a reason?”
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