Many people who are just coming into recovery, or who have been in recovery for a while, suffer from an overabundance of negative self-talk. Why this is, I am not entirely sure—as it could be a by-product of addiction itself, or it could be the result of spending years abusing drugs and having a negative self-image. Regardless of where this negative self-talk comes from, it is important to somehow break this cycle of thought and move your mind towards thinking more positively about who you are as a person.
The 12 Steps do wonders for this and what they do is take an entirely negative self and worldview, and turn that upside down, but with that said, the Steps still do not entirely break the ingrained negative thought processes that many recovering addicts and alcoholics still have.
Utilizing Positive Affirmations
When you reach a point where you begin to notice that your mind tends to wander towards the negative, and you have tried your best to either ignore or remove these thoughts by brute force to no avail, then it is time to try something different. This is where positive affirmations come in, and although they sometimes get a bad rep, positive affirmations can do wonders for your psyche, and for the way you talk to yourself.
While we often believe that we cannot control our thoughts, and to a certain extent this is true, if you have spent the last 10 years teaching yourself to think and talk badly about who you are as a person, then more than likely, your thoughts will tend to lean in that direction. Positive affirmations offer a break from this cycle and they allow you to re-learn a new way of talking to yourself. Though, in and of themselves they do not necessarily have the power to totally change your thinking, when coupled with a program of recovery they can transform your view of yourself.
10 Ways to Incorporate Positive Affirmations in Your Day
In order to incorporate positive affirmations into your day, you must make a concerted and conscious effort to do so. You have to make the decision that you are going to attempt to use this method in your life and even if you feel silly doing so, you have to continue.
At first, it will feel weird as you stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself that you are enough and that you are a good person, but this is just part of the process of reprogramming the way you talk to yourself and the way you think about yourself.
With all of that said, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can incorporate positive affirmations into your daily life.
Compliment Yourself in the Mirror
This is probably best done first in the morning when you are getting ready for the day, and it can really make a difference in your outlook. Tell yourself that you are enough, that people like you, and that you are loved. If you continuously do this, you will begin to believe these things rather than what your mind may constantly tell you.
Stop Negative Thoughts with Positive Ones
If throughout the day you notice negative thoughts cropping up, stop them immediately by saying the exact opposite. If you think “I am terrible at my job and no one likes me,” then begin to tell yourself the opposite.
Write out Positive Affirmations
You can do this at night or in the morning, but the act of writing out nice things about yourself and seeing them written down can really do wonders to break negative self-talk.
Put Them on Your Mirror
If you write out a positive affirmation on your mirror, you will consciously and subconsciously notice these things when you are getting ready. It will help set the tone for the day and remove a lot of negative thoughts you have.
Buy an Affirmation Book
Along with daily meditation books, there are also books that are filled with affirmations you can tell yourself. If you find it difficult to come up with things to tell yourself, then this can be a good start.
Start a Group Chat
Another way to help yourself with positive affirmations is by starting a group chat with friends where each person writes something positive about themselves once a day. This can help you stay accountable and give you ideas for ways to affirm yourself.
If you find it difficult to break the negative thought patterns you have, then you can pray and ask for guidance on this and the strength to remove these negative thoughts.
This may not seem like an affirmation, but often times the negative self-talk we have is not based in reality. It is based in fear of not being enough, and so by taking inventory, you can begin to see where the truth is and in doing so, incorporate more positive thought patterns into your life.
Create a Mantra
If you find that the negative self-talk is becoming overwhelming and you can’t seem to shake it, then create a positive mantra for yourself and repeat it over and over until the negative thoughts subside.
Meditate on Positivity
Sometimes just getting quiet and focusing on positive thoughts is all you need to affirm yourself, and beside this, usually just focusing on your breath can help to break up negative thought patterns.
Seeking Treatment for Alcoholism or Addiction
Getting clean and sober from drugs and alcohol is the most important thing that an addict or alcoholic can do in their life. It is also the most anxiety producing and frightening thing that they can do in their life, but it doesn’t need to be. With help from the professionals at Elevations Health, you can find a new life in sobriety with the least amount of resistance possible. So call us today at 1-866-200-3224 and begin your journey to recovery the right way, with Elevations Health.