It’s that time of year again – spring is coming, and the warm weather tempts us. But things are still pretty different this year. Typically, spring is a time to get rid of the old and bring in the new! Of course, 2021 is not quite like other years. We don’t meet each other in public often. But don’t worry – there’s a lot of “virtual” spring cleaning that you can do this year in the spirit of change! Why not take the time to assess which “old” things are causing you harm, and think about “new” ways to change them this spring?
Spring Cleaning: What Needs to Change?
So, if we’re virtually cleaning, what do you feel needs renewal or change in your life? Nobody’s life is perfect – we’re all human. But many of our character defects keep us from growing and changing. When we talk about spring cleaning, we’re looking at “what’s old” or what needs some polishing and attention. So what are some of your biggest problems that you’re having? What’s “dirty” or “old” or makes you feel bad? Here are some things you may want to start to think about when considering spring cleaning:
- How is your attitude? Are you grateful? Do you find yourself angry or frustrated a lot? Start to keep a feeling journal to spot your triggers for these feelings. Can you try keeping a gratitude list every day?
- Are you working on your 12-step work? Do you call your sponsor every day? Get back to basics if you’re not doing this. You’ll find you feel more connected to others and more inspired in your recovery. You can even go online to a 12-step meeting like AA across the country if you like!
- Do you put yourself down a lot? Beat yourself up? Then it’s time to examine your negative self-talk. Many people with addiction issues struggle with negative self-talk and self-esteem. Try using affirmations in the morning to change the way you speak to yourself.
- Are there secrets you’re keeping-like a slip or relapse? You’ve probably heard that your secrets can harm you. Keeping these types of secrets can be isolating. Getting help is essential, and you’re worth it. You don’t have to be ashamed that your disease got the best of you. Getting back up and back into recovery is the most important thing!
- Get moving! When you exercise, you release endorphins and other natural feel-good chemicals in your brain. Exercise can help you stay mentally and physically healthy. So, go out, socially distance, and enjoy this spring weather!
- Do you feel co-dependent on somebody else? Often people in recovery and their families have dysfunction in relationships. Kids and spouses often blame themselves for a loved ones’ addiction. Addiction is a family disease. If you or your loved ones have a substance use disorder, therapy and treatment can help you recover and begin healing. Reach out and ask for help if you’re not sure how to start.
- Out with the old, in with the new! Once you’ve decided which changes you want to work on, reward yourself with your favorite smoothie, a journal, or something else that helps motivate you.
Spring cleaning can help you recharge your recovery, but you’ve still got to put in the work. However, your work in recovery will probably be much more fulfilling than cleaning the yard or scrubbing the floor. Recovery, in a way, is all about cleaning and renewing your life. Get rid of what doesn’t work, and start using the tools that help you feel renewed again.
Getting Help for Addiction
Do you or a loved one struggle with addiction? Are you looking for a safe, discreet, professional place to help your begin or restart your recovery journey? Confidential Recovery is here for you or your loved ones when you need help. We help veterans and other professionals get the support and help they need to begin their journey. Give us a call at 619-452-1200 to learn more about how we can help.