Taking time to stop and smell the roses is essential in life. It is so easy for people to get caught up in the moment and miss life’s beautiful nuances that are going on around you. Actively appreciating each moment can help to raise an individual’s frequency and also help a person to elevate his or her overall happiness. The act of appreciation can help shift a person’s mood, alleviate stress, and increase focus. Individuals who are in recovery for substance abuse or addiction should absolutely integrate regular appreciation into their lives. Below are some tips for how you can make sure to appreciate each moment.

  1. Take Time For You

It is essential to carve out a little “you time” every day. Even if it just for a couple of moments, making sure to check in with yourself can make a huge difference in your demeanor and overall happiness level. Having a little daily reflection time will also allow you to take note of all the moments that have happened since your last self-check-in that you are appreciative of. Furthermore, taking a little time to yourself will allow you the space to release any unwanted negative energy that may be sticking in your thoughts and clear your mind.

  1. Relish The Challenges

Life is all about the good, the bad, the horrible, and the amazing. Each extreme will help you learn a lesson that will help you grow. Even though the challenges in life can feel overwhelming and in some cases, impossible, remember that they will build character, and ultimately benefit you. Each difficult moment brings a lesson and a gift.

  1. Express Your Love

It is always great to be given compliments and told you are loved. Never hesitate to give out a compliment if you are thinking something positive about someone. Let the people you love know you love them. Spreading appreciation will undoubtedly illuminate some of the things you are appreciative of, in addition to spreading happiness and joy to others.

  1. Sleep

Sleeping is a fundamental part of life. There are myriad of studies that show that the proper amount of sleep can have a huge number of positive effects on a person. Practicing proper sleeping habits will enable you to function as your sharpest, best self. It will also allow you to be well rested, happier, healthier, and will better set you up for success.

  1. Go to Sleep on a Positive Note

It is very common for the last moments before you drift off to sleep, to be thinking about all of the things that went wrong during your day, or how you could have done something differently. Instead of reliving the negative aspects of your day, allow yourself the gift of falling asleep to all of the great moments of your day. Think of a list of five or ten things each day that make you feel grateful. They can be as small as the coffee shop having your favorite muffin in stock, or as big as winning the lottery. Getting into the habit of falling asleep to the positives of your day will give you a better chance of having happy dreams and waking up the following day in a good mood.

The important thing to remember when actively practicing appreciation is to do what resonates with you. It is absolutely fine if none of the above suggestions feel like the correct fit. It is essential to listen to yourself when it comes one’s relationship with oneself. Individuals in substance abuse or addiction recovery must remember that each day is a gift, even in moments of intense challenge.

Further Information

The way an individual’s frame of mind, brain, and physical body adjust to accommodate an addiction will require a lifetime of healing. Every individual seeking substance abuse or addiction treatment must select a program that will be suit his or her needs throughout this life changing experience. Substance abuse and addiction are all consuming, and if left untreated can result in extremely difficult long term consequences, and in some cases death. There is no need to go through this alone. If you or someone you know is in need of addiction treatment for drugs or alcohol, please seek help immediately. We are available to answer any questions you may have regarding substance abuse or addiction. For further information, do not hesitate contacting us at: 323-207-0276. You can also feel free to reach out via email at: [email protected].