Recovery is a beautiful thing.
It can be life-changing, and it’s a time to rebuild your life in a healthy way. But recovery can also be overwhelming. Like finding a balance between work and home life, sometimes you need to find a balance between recovery and everything else. This blog talks about finding healthy boundaries, giving yourself time to recover, reminding yourself to ask for help, the importance of continuing to learn and grow and filling your own cup.
Healthy Boundaries Are Key
It’s important to set boundaries for yourself in order to protect your time and energy. You need to be realistic about what you can handle and what you need to say no to. Recovery is a priority, but it’s not the only thing in your life. You still need to take care of yourself and have a life outside of addiction recovery.
Boundaries are meant to protect you. You’re able to make progress in recovery without sacrificing your health, mental or otherwise. Make sure you make time for the other healthy things you do, like meditation, hobbies, or exercise. Take an occasional “me day” — there’s no shame in those, and you’ll feel better if the demands of recovery and regular life are a bit too much.
And make sure your goals are reasonable and achievable. You can’t conquer the world all at once. Sometimes, just getting through a day is enough.
Give Yourself Time To Recover
Recovery is a process, and it takes time. You can’t expect to be 100% better overnight. It’s important to give yourself time to recover and not put too much pressure on yourself.
So, set up some breathing time for yourself after a support group or 12-step meeting. Those can give you a ton to digest once you’re done. When you’re working, take lunch away from your desk, even if it’s as simple as moving to another area in the room to eat. Touch grass occasionally; getting outside can be a game-changer if you’re feeling burnout creep up on you.
Remind Yourself To Ask For Help
One of the most important things in recovery is asking for help when you need it. We can’t do everything on our own, and we need to remember that it’s okay to ask for help. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Have some good contact numbers in your phone — your sponsor, your old case manager from your addiction center, good friends who respect your sobriety. If you’re living in a sober home, talk to the house manager: they can really help you.
The Importance Of Continuing To Learn And Grow
Recovery is an ongoing journey, and we need to continue learning and growing. This can be done in many ways, such as going to therapy, attending support groups, reading books on recovery, or listening to podcasts.
One of the best things you can do is surround yourself with people who are also in recovery. These people “get it” and can offer great support and advice. You don’t have to do this journey alone — there are plenty of others who have been where you are and want to help you along the way.
Filling Your Own Cup
In order to avoid burnout, it’s important that you take care of yourself first. Fill your own cup so that you can be there for others when they need you. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, healthy meals, and getting some exercise.
Do something that makes you happy every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Take a hot bath, read your favorite book, take a walk outside or do something else that relaxes you. When you’re taking care of yourself, it’s easier to take care of others as well.
Remember, Sobriety Is Always Worth The Effort
These are five ways to beat recovery burnout and keep moving forward in your recovery journey. Remember to set boundaries, give yourself time to recover, ask for help when needed, continue learning and growing and fill your own cup so you can be there for others. Sobriety is worth the effort, and with these tips, you can make sure recovery stays fun and exciting!
Also, if you’re living in a sober home, you have great resources already to beat burnout and pick yourself up if you feel like life’s demands are knocking you down. Your house manager and roommates have experienced the same feelings you have, and you have a great social safety net to fall on.
Looking For A Sober Home
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