The end of another week is here! Hopefully it was a good, productive week both in your recovery and in other facets of your life. If it wasn’t, and you found yourself struggling to stay committed to sobriety this week that’s okay, too- we all have difficult days. Just because you’ve had a few rough days, doesn’t mean your recovery can’t be salvaged. It’s best to address problems with your resolve as they happen rather than allowing them to fester and become a real threat to your sober path. Not sure where to start? Here’s 5 simple ways to improve your sober life this weekend!
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Spring has sprung, and so it’s time to get some Spring cleaning done! De-cluttering your living space goes a long way to improve your mental health and sober life. Opening up your space by getting rid of unnecessary stuff is freeing; it provides an invigorating energy that you can then focus into other areas of your life.
Here’s a simple guideline to de-cluttering your home:
- If it doesn’t fit, or you haven’t warn it in 6+ months, donate it to charity
- Books that are collecting dust can be donated to your local library
- Get rid of or repair broken appliances or electronics
- Sell the nicknacks that are taking up space
- Get a storage unit for things you wish to keep but are not actively in need of: extra dishes and silverware, linens, decor, etc.
Reconnect with Loved Ones
We’re all busy adults- life gets in the way of our relationships sometimes. However, in addiction recovery and throughout your new sober life connection is important. We need the support of loved ones and others in recovery to maintain long term success. Take some time this weekend to reconnect with the people who love and support you.
Invite your friends over for lunch or coffee; make dinner for your family. Put together a game night or get everyone together for a movie at home. Come up with something that you can all enjoy together to show your appreciation. It has the added benefit of letting you step back to see just how much you have to be grateful for.
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Attend an Extra Group Meeting
One of the most important things to maintain in your post-rehab sober life is continuing treatment through support groups and/or private therapy. While good days may bolster our confidence, it’s unwise to decide to discontinue treatment because things are going well. Continued groups and one-on-one therapy is there to ensure those great days continue and your life to flourish above addiction.
Get an extra group meeting in this weekend- you never know what you’ll learn. Being in a group with others who are recovery- minded helps you stay focused while learning from others’ experiences. It’s also important that you share your own story: it helps to put your journey so far into perspective.
Focus on Meeting a Goal
When we set goals, they’re often lofty and set for some undetermined date in the future. It’s true that having long-term goals is beneficial to your recovery, this only works when we break those down into short-term, achievable tasks geared toward achieving your dreams. This weekend is the perfect time to work toward achieving a goal to benefit your new sober life.
If you want to lose or gain weight, use this weekend to establish your plan and act on it. Want to get back into school? Do your research and prepare to meet with an advisor by Monday. Go job hunting this weekend, come up with a business plan- do something that will get you closer to your ultimate goal. Let this weekend be the weekend you truly commit yourself to turning your life around.
Focus on You
Wearing yourself thin in service to others or worrying about your future can weaken your commitment to sobriety. Sometimes you have to take time to focus on you, and that’s more than okay- that’s good! Taking a self-care day (or weekend) to recharge yourself and get your head back where it needs to be.
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