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Recovery is easier said than done. It requires you to commit yourself to ditch bad habits and cultivate a new life for yourself. So, it’s obvious that finding positivity during such a tough time can seem impossible. But you can’t let yourself think that! Finding a positive outlook during your recovery is essential and will make the process less stressful for you. Listed below are a couple strategies for ensuring you make this journey easier for yourself!

Don’t dwell

It’s so easy to think of the bad and dwell on it for hours on end. It can become an endless cycle that only makes you feel worse. Freeing yourself from those negative thoughts will take so much weight off your shoulders. It’s not about ignoring your thoughts, but fine-tuning your mind to think about the good instead of the bad.

Gratitude

Recognize the positive! Gratitude allows you to focus on what really matters in your life. Try to appreciate how far you’ve come and the loved ones in your life who have taken the time to help you through it. Consider the roof over your head, the food in your belly, the life you still have left to live. These are all important aspects that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Go outside

It may seem like everyone harps on this, but it’s because it really works! Getting fresh air and reacquainting yourself with mother nature is a great escape for the mind and body. Studies show improvements in overall attitude and reduced stress just by spending time out of your home. There are also benefits to being alone and away from whatever chaotic situation might be occurring at home. The fresh air and silence can help you clear your thoughts and hone in on what makes you happy.

Connect with others

Spend time with people who truly lift your spirits. Forget the people who make you feel worse about your recovery or those who only talk about your recovery. It’s important to invest time in the people that support and nurture you.