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Remaining Hopeful on Your Recovery Journey

If you’ve been going through a dip in your mood or you’re just not feeling quite right, you’re not alone. The holidays and winter are approaching which are two things that come with ample dread for many people. These events can cause us to go into a feverish preparation mode, making sure everything is as perfect as can be. We know, however, that there is no perfection. As much as we prepare, things aren’t always going to go as planned. If you’re not feeling like your usual self, we suggest taking time to practice mindful gratitude. This will help you regain a sense of hope and peace about what is to come.


Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination

It’s not uncommon for people to lose sight of the journey they’re on when they are dealing with stress. You might find yourself feeling overwhelmed and attempting to speed toward your destination as fast as possible. Unfortunately, simply reaching your destination will not ease your mind. You will still find yourself with more questions than answers. This is why we urge you to focus on the journey, not the destination. Yes, the road may be long and winding. However, if you allow yourself a few moments to look around you, you’ll find that there is great scenery in every direction. You’ll gain so much more by taking in your surroundings than racing toward your destination.


Finding the Silver Lining

If you’re struggling with a challenging time in your recovery, it can be difficult to find the good in your situation. While it may be hard to find a positive in a truly terrible situation, this challenge can give you the motivation to stay hopeful and on the right track. One way to do this is to allow yourself to be rooted in the present moment. Don’t let yourself get worked up about the past or worry about the future. Plant your feet firmly in the now. Then, find three things that you are grateful for. If you’re having a particularly rough day, your three things may be the food on your plate, your loving pet, or the choices you made today to help you stay sober. The purpose of daily gratitude is to build up your reservoir of hope. You may be exhausted and defeated one day, so keep it simple. If the next day is a bit easier, dig a little deeper for what you are thankful for. Then, the next time you have a rough day, you can reflect back on the prior day to help get you through the current moment.


Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you stay hopeful in your recovery. We know that not every day is going to be a magnificent one. We’re here to support you when your hope is depleted. Call us today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to speak with you today!