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Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Discover Your Personal Strengths

Learning to identify your personal strengths can greatly benefit your recovery. Once you become aware of what you’re good at and what makes you unique, you can utilize these qualities to stay confident and motivated as you create a new sober life. 

Recognizing your personal strengths isn’t easy, especially when you’re rediscovering yourself in recovery. Below, we list a few simple ways to find your personal strengths. Give them a try or cherry-pick the tips that resonate most with you. 
  • Create a personal strength wish-list. Jot down what qualities and traits mean most to you and your recovery – and then take a look and think about whether you display any of these strengths yourself. 
  • Note the things you enjoy. What do you really love to do? Often, the kinds of activities you enjoy require the skills and traits you naturally enjoy and excel at.  
  • Ask a friend or family member to weigh in. It’s not always easy to see ourselves clearly, so you may need an outside perspective. Ask those whom you trust most to tell you some of your strengths – and see if any surprise you. 
  • Take compliments to heart. If you don’t feel comfortable asking a loved one to weigh in on your personal strengths, then think back to any compliments you’ve received. Have you been told that you’re a good listener, for example, or that you’re funny?
  • Think about what makes you proud. Write down three times in your life that you truly felt proud to be you. How did you act or what did you do? What values did you display? Your answers will likely reveal your personal strengths.
Learning Life Skills at The Haven
Working collaboratively with our coaches to uncover new perspectives and new life skills, program participants learn what their best life can look like and receive the support to take the actions to make it a reality. To learn more, call today: 805-202-3440.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tips to Nix Negative Thinking

Whether you always focus on your flaws or anticipate worst-case scenarios, negative thinking can be demoralizing, de-motivating and damaging to your recovery efforts. 

Unfortunately, becoming sober doesn’t mean you’ll develop a sunny outlook. And for many folks in recovery, negative thinking has likely become yet another hard habit to break. 

Now for the good news: You can put a stop to your pattern of pessimism and learn to brighten your perspective. These tips can help:  
  • Switch your thoughts from negative to positive. For example, instead of thinking: “I’m going to have a hard time with recovery,” think: “I’ll face some challenges during recovery, but the hard work will pay off.”
  • Head outdoors. It may sound simple, but stepping outside into the sunshine will give you a sunnier outlook. Breathe in the fresh air and breathe out those negative thoughts. 
  • Reach out. We all have that one notoriously optimistic friend or loved one who is masterful at turning negative chatter into positive thinking. Pick up the phone and reach out when you’re in a rut. 
  • Meditate: Whether you choose to mediate when you first wake or before bedtime, this calming practice can help quiet your mind and keep you positive.  
  • Help someone else: Donating your time and energy to a worthy cause or organization is often a great wake-up call. It will help you to put things in perspective and be thankful for the good in your life – and you’ll be making someone else’s day sunny. 
  • Stop and write. The next time you find yourself spiraling into a negative cycle, stop and list five things that you’re grateful for. It doesn’t have to be complicated: your cat, fresh fruit, your friends, your family, your sobriety – anything that makes you feel happy and positive. 
Dealing With Emotions During Addiction Treatment 
Meditation is just one of the many holistic approaches we teach clients to help them stay positive, motivated and mentally strong as they journey toward sobriety. To learn more, call 805-202-3440.