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How to find Self-Acceptance?

Even though we live with ourselves 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is rare for any one of us to truly and fully accept who we really are at our core. One would think self-acceptance would be easy, but for addicts and alcoholics, it takes practice, patience, and time. Recovery is about inner harmony, loving yourself, and growing into the person you wish to be. Incorporate the following steps in your life to begin your own path to self-acceptance:

  1. Make a Decision and Set an Intention – Decide that life will be better lived in self-acceptance, and set an intention to make it come true.
  2. Honor Your Strengths – You have more than you know. Make a list of everything you’ve overcome, things you have accomplished, how you’ve been of service to others, and keep it near for frequent reviews.
  3. You Are Who You Hang Out With – If you are around people who are not kind and loving to you, how can you be kind and loving to yourself? Weed the negativity out of your life. Create a strong support system of those who accept you and want you to succeed.
  4. Practice Forgiveness – You are not your past. Regrets get us nowhere, and keep us stuck in a place we don’t need to be. Forgive yourself and move on.
  5. Silence the Negativity – We are our own worst critics. The things we tell ourselves are cruel, and are things we would never say to our loved ones. Be kind to yourself, and when that voice comes along, kindly tell yourself something like: ‘I’m only human, it’s okay,” followed by: “I love you ______”.
  6. Let Go of Past Dreams – We often get stuck in regret when our goals and dreams go unrealized. Allow yourself to grieve that loss, and then move forward. It’s never too late to aim higher and dream bigger.
  7. Be of Service – Helping others helps you and your recovery. Bringing goodness to the lives of others reinforces a positive outlook of yourself.
  8. Be Gentle on Yourself – Love yourself wholly, flaws and all. Treat yourself with the utmost respect because you deserve nothing less.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431