Throughout the recovery journey, you have had to self-explore and practice ways to keep yourself motivated. It can sometimes feel like recovery is overwhelming, but you continue to push through. As you have reflected on things you are grateful for throughout your journey, did you understand gratitude and all that entailed?
It is easy to remember to say a few things you are thankful for during the holidays and think you can check gratitude off your list. However, gratitude is slightly different than being thankful. Exploring ways to develop a gratitude mindset can create a space of openness, exploration, and intrinsic motivation in your recovery.
What Is a Gratitude Mindset?
You see the word “grateful” on all kinds of things: from social media posts and inspirational quotes to shirts and home decor. This is a trendy word that means much more than the eight letters you see. Being grateful is expressing an emotion, whereas having gratitude is a state of being.
A gratitude mindset is a state of being you can inhabit daily. It is about focusing on the good things in your life and acknowledging your mind space. By taking time, you can develop habits that help you think more positively, stay motivated, and learn to be in the present moment.
Why Is It Important to Stay Motivated in Recovery?
Being motivated in recovery helps you implement self-care tools throughout recovery. Exploring new ideas can inspire you to try new things and foster original thoughts.
You need motivation to endure as you continue to learn about yourself in recovery through all the ups and downs in your life. Motivation is essential in recovery to help you persevere in your journey of self-exploration. This is an ability that will create internal power within your life.
The initial decision to get sober and the hard work you’ve put in to achieve recovery are only the first part of a lifelong journey. To stay on the path of sobriety, you must find daily motivation to continue. Without daily motivation, it’s easy to become complacent or start on the path to relapse.
Being motivated to recover can give you self-confidence and self-love that you may have never acknowledged before. One way to stay motivated in recovery is to practice journaling your thoughts and feelings. This way, you will be able to develop self-awareness by reflecting on where you have been and become motivated to keep up that progress.
How Can I Practice a Gratitude Mindset?
Taking time to practice gratitude daily can improve your overall mindset, increase emotional well-being, and decrease stress. Practicing a gratitude mindset can be tricky at first. You may question if you are doing it right or if there is something more to it. There is no right or wrong way to practice gratitude. You get to choose what works for you.
Three common ways to practice a gratitude mindset to keep you motivated in recovery include the following:
Start Your Day With Gratitude
Take a few moments as soon as you wake up to jot down some things you are grateful for. Then, get into the habit of acknowledging the things around you that spark joy. When you start your day with a gratitude mindset, it’s easier and more natural to continue that mindset throughout the day. Additionally, starting your day by acknowledging the good things in your life motivates you to maintain them and helps you stay sober.
Say Things That You Are Grateful for Out Loud
Gratitude starts with focusing on the present and expressing how you feel at this point in your journey. This creates motivation within your recovery and a boost of confidence.
Tell People in Your Life That You Are Grateful for Them and Why
Expressing your gratitude toward people can help you feel like you are giving back to those who have helped you throughout recovery. People remember how you made them feel, so go ahead and make someone smile. It might just help you stay on the path of recovery.
Effects of a Gratitude Mindset on Recovery
Like most things in recovery, the effects of gratitude are a process. Getting to the point of developing an attitude of gratitude is not easy. However, the benefits can change your outlook on your life. You may begin to think less of yourself and focus more on others.
Gratitude can cultivate a positive outlook on your life and connect you with your true self. It is easy to forget about your true self at times. When practicing gratitude, you are connected to the present with an open awareness of all things around you.
Whether you’re just trying gratitude out or have been practicing for a while, you can inspire those around you. There is always room for improvement as change comes with a desire to be better than you were yesterday. Whatever gratitude looks like for you, taking a little time in your day to think about gratitude in little ways could make a big impact on your life.
Are you struggling with staying motivated in recovery? Do you want to connect with people who hear your voice? Recovery is a lifelong journey, and it is not always easy. Finding what motivates you in your journey can be difficult and frustrating. Not all treatment centers are the same, and it can be difficult to know who to trust. At Laguna Shores Recovery, we hear your voice and want to meet you right where you are in your journey. We offer an array of services that can motivate you to maintain an attitude of gratitude. We believe in fostering gratitude to bring you intrinsic motivation to stay in recovery. Give us a call at (866) 229-9923 today.