7 Ways To Stay Motivated in Early Sobriety

Stay Motivated in Early Sobriety - dont look back - summit bhcEveryone has different ways to stay motivated, but I had to find what worked for me. Every time I came across a new way I found motivating, I wrote it down. I came up with the 7 ways to stay motivated in early sobriety, and thought I would share them.

 

My 7 ways to stay motivated in early sobriety:

  1. I started a recovery blog and find it so cathartic and fulfilling. I’ve met wonderful people in the ‘cyber world’ who are going through the same journey as I am.
  2. Tell the story. The more I share my story of courage, strength and hope the more I realize how lucky I am and how thankful I am to be able to possibly help others.
  3. Lean on your support system and get a sponsor! For me, it’s my AA group and my sponsor that helped me (and continue to help me) in early sobriety. When I get scared or feel uneasy, I can reach out to anyone in the program for support, and always feel better after.
  4. Gratitude goes far! Out of all my 7 steps to stay motivated in early sobriety, this was a hard one for me. For the first few months, all I could write was “I’m grateful for my sobriety.” Although I was completely grateful, I was bothered that I continued to write the same thing over and over. My sponsor opened my eyes to the little things that I have to be grateful for such as the sunshine, hot water, and more. To this day I still have a gratitude journal.
  5. Give back. This helped me enormously to stay motivated in early sobriety. I found that when I volunteer at the local food bank, or take a service position in my home group, I turn the focus from myself onto someone else in need.
  6. I practice self-care without being selfish. This can look like getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising.
  7. I engaged (and continue to engage) in new activities that I couldn’t do when I was in my addiction. How cool is that?!

Wherever you are in your recovery journey, I hope my 7 ways to stay motivated in early sobriety has given you tips to help you stay motivated. You are so worth it!

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