Building a Positive Lifestyle
Yesterday we talked about habit formation in sobriety. We know that habit formation reduces the number of decisions we make, which helps to preserve our mental and emotional energy throughout the day. Once we begin implementing positive habits into our daily life, we can then build a lifestyle around them. This positive lifestyle is integral in creating a rich life that we don’t need to numb with substances.
A lifestyle can loosely be defined as the way a person lives. This can include their habits, outlook, daily activities, and the groups of people they connect with. Your lifestyle will likely change throughout your life, as you find new ways of being that you identify with. Sobriety is a beautiful opportunity to create a new lifestyle that supports you and brings you joy.
Identifying your recovery goals
When building this lifestyle, take some time to identify both what you aspire to and what you already appreciate about your current lifestyle. Perhaps you have an exercise routine that you love, but you’d like to edit how much social media you consume throughout the day. A simple T-chart can be helpful when working through this: list all of the positive parts of your current lifestyle on one side, and the areas you’d like to change on the other. This is the beginning of identifying the goals you have in recovery.