How to Build Confidence in Addiction Recovery
Addiction recovery isn’t always easy, but there are ways to make it easy. One such method is to be an ally to yourself, rather than an enemy. All too often, individuals suffering from addiction get caught up in thought patterns and cycles that make their recovery more difficult. But if there’s one thing that we know, it’s that change is always possible. While you may be experiencing some confidence issues now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t overcome them and make your future brighter.
In this blog, we will look at some tried and tested tips that’ll help you build confidence during addiction recovery.
Write Your Own Affirmations
It’s not always what other people say to us that influences how we see ourselves. How we speak to ourselves is just as important, or perhaps even more so. If you’re talking negatively to yourself, then look at making some changes. The first step is acknowledging that the messages you’re sending yourself are negative. Once you’ve done that, you can get to work on replacing them with positive affirmations. These can include:
- I matter, and I am loved
- I am in control of my future
- I am proud of myself.
Forgive Yourself For Past Mistakes
No one is perfect. We all have things in our pasts that we regret. It is important, however, not to dwell on these past mistakes. In all likelihood, you did the things you’re not proud of when you were in survival mode. You did what you did when you were in a bad situation, and that is understandable. Forgive yourself: it is a key part of the journey.
If you’ve got low self-esteem, then in all likelihood, you dismiss the compliments that other people give you. But compliments are one of the best ways to build greater confidence, and if you dismiss them, then you’re missing an opportunity. The next time someone gives you a compliment, remember that they’ll be doing so sincerely, and enjoy it. You might not know how amazing you are just yet, but other people do.
Kindness Goes a Long Way
Kindness is the key that can open so many doors. During the recovery process, you should be kind to yourself and also try being kind to others. You’ll be amazed at how good it can feel to be kind to someone else, even if they’re a stranger. You don’t have to do anything overly outlandish. Even offering to help someone with heavy luggage can be enough!
Embrace Change and Vulnerability
It’s not easy making a positive change in your life. It can be scary because you’re heading into the unknown. Rather than shirking from the challenge of moving forward, embrace it. You don’t know exactly what will happen, but that’s part of the journey. If you can master change and vulnerability, then you’ll be in an excellent position moving forward.