For those who make mistakes, it is very easy to feel as though they are not worth saving nor worthy of kindness or compassion. This is not only quite a tragic and sad belief to accept, but it’s also profoundly untrue. Everyone slips and falls at some point in their life, be that succumbing to a harmful addiction, allowing their temper to get the better of them, or perhaps neglecting the people in their life who should mean the most.
Being a human is hard. It’s difficult to learn how to manage your energy and how to respect yourself. It can be hard to learn to overcome bad habits you may have picked up from those around you. It is often a difficult process to see you have behaved in a bad way, but when you do, the first steps to healing can begin. Coming back to yourself after engaging in bad habits can be a hard process, and will require the slow rebuilding of your life. That being said, this process can be one of the best things you have ever taken part in.
Realize Change Is Possible
Change is possible, no matter how hard it may seem to put into practice. The more you can adopt this mindset, the less fearful of starting you will be. For example, the only reason you will enter much-needed partial hospitalization addiction treatment is if you first realize you have a problem and then see yourself willing to embrace that change. After all, we cannot gain access to the best help possible unless we wish to help ourselves.
Feel No Shame Expressing Yourself
Feel no shame in expressing yourself and your story. It is important, and it needs to be heard. It can be the difference between staying quiet when a friend asks you how you are to actually being honest and forthright about how much you’ve been struggling. There’s absolutely no shame in being vulnerable and struggling to kick bad habits, but there is shame in being deceitful or dismissive of someone with genuine concern. However, even if you’ve acted that way in the past, you can always, always redeem yourself by opening up once more.
Take It Day By Day
The best part of recovery is that you only have to partake in it on a sixteen-hour cycle each day, as you will ideally be sleeping the other eight hours. This means that every day you wake up, you have a new opportunity. It means every time you go to sleep, you can reflect on the failures and success of that day and from there become better informed. Taking each day one step at a time can help you avoid thinking of the upcoming sober year, or whatever long term goals you have. A wall must be built brick by brick, after all.
With this advice, we hope you can come back to yourself despite engaging in bad habits. Do you have any tips or tricks? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!