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Improve Your Recovery with a Positive Mental Attitude

The Dalai Lama once said, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” Recovery is based in consistent positive actions such as helping others and providing service. In order to find happiness in the positive actions of our recovery, we may find it helpful to first focus on cultivating a positive mental attitude.

Maintaining positivity can be difficult, especially in early sobriety when we are still healing from the damages caused by our time in active addiction and alcoholism. We may feel more susceptible to feelings of stress and anxiety, and those feelings can make it more difficult to stay positive. However, doing our best to maintain positivity can help alleviate some of the uncomfortable mental health symptoms of early sobriety. According to the Mayo Clinic, “some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills.” The more we try to cultivate a positive outlook on life, the more likely we are to feel better in our recovery.

Thinking positively can have major benefits to every area of our life. Tchiki Davis, in a 2018 Psychology Today article entitled Think Positive: 11 Ways to Boost Positive Thinking, explains, “When you harness the power of positivity, it’s amazing the impact it has on your life. It makes every moment worth experiencing and every goal worth shooting for. By thinking positive, you just can’t help but be optimistic, even when everyone around you is miserable. As a result, you are happier, less depressed, and more satisfied with your life.” Additional benefits of positive thinking include lower rates of depression and distress, increased life span, greater resistance to the common cold, better psychological and physical health, better cardiovascular health, and better coping skills to deal with stressful situations. The more positive we are about the journey ahead of us, the more likely we will be to have a positive experience on that journey.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431