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Looking into the mirror

08 Jul How to Reconnect With Your Sober Self

If you have been reliant on drugs and alcohol and have recently delved down a path of sobriety, it may be time to press your emotional reset button and reconnect to your sober self.  Things will be different than they were before, your social circle may have changed, things that you enjoy doing will be different and more.  Here are some ways to help you reconnect with yourself for a better you.  

Keep a Journal

Start writing down your thoughts and impressions about your day to day life, a deconstruction of who you are, who you want to be, what your dreams are etc.  Writing can help you find clarity and peace, as well as discover a few things about yourself you might not have known.  Later on, you can review what you’ve written to see how you have changed.  

Unplug

Conduct an electronics fast.  Take some time out of your day to find a quiet place, and then turn off all of your electronics, including your music player.  Take that time to quietly evaluate your life and to let your thoughts wander.  It may also be a wise idea to remove social media apps from your phone for a week so that you can take the time to find yourself.

Try Yoga

Yoga is a brilliant way to recharge your batteries and reconnect with yourself.  Yoga engages both the body and mind through it’s gentle yet difficult exercises.  Sign up for a yoga class or purchase a yoga DVD online.  

Have a Deep Meaningful Conversation With a Friend

Talking to a close friend of family member can help you realize things about yourself and about life that you may have not thought about before.  While you cannot force good conversation, you can ask meaningful questions, listen to your friend’s responses, and be patient about sharing your own thoughts.  

Be Authentic

It is important to be authentic with others and with yourself as you try to reconnect.  Don’t be afraid of emotions, instead, acknowledge them and try to understand why you feel the way you do.  That doesn’t mean, however, that you should be rude, rather you need to be real.  You need to be able to notice your emotions, name them, accept them, and then move forward.

Do Things That Make You Happy

Find activities that make you happy, and then do them.  They don’t have to be major things, small things like petting your cat, creating art, listening to music, walking in nature, or exercising will do.  

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