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Today I thought I’d share some things that have been “make or break” for me in sobriety. Things that have 100% improved my recovery and gave me a different outlook on life in recovery. Beginning recovery for me was HARD. In AA they talk about to change your people, places, and things, otherwise you will relapse. I changed my people, places, and things and found that I was incredibly lonely and I felt like a small child trying to discern the world again.
- The Miracle Morning for Addiction Recovery (here) – Holy crap! This book did it for me! It absolutely is one of the best self help books I have ever read! It talks about practices to do every morning and will successfully transform you from a night owl (which is stereo-typically what a lot of alcoholics and addicts are) to a morning person. I have discovered doing Hal’s recommended “savers” saves my mornings and starts my day off completely different. Which leads me into my next point:
- Panda Planner Pro (here)– Part of my miracle morning includes planning out my day. I have never ever been a person to use planners. I always thought oh that’s cute! I use it for 2 weeks and then I fall off. This planner is different. It’s undated so if I miss a day… or a few.. I can pick up where I left off. It has a section for daily affirmations which I love and I use frequently. I have successfully been using this now for two months and it has easily changed my days and made them so much better. It helps me balance work, school, kids, and home and I am so grateful for that.
- Meal prep containers (here)– I love these! I am sure you’re like how does a container save your sobriety? Well…. it saves my sanity which saves my sobriety! I can make lunches for the week and grab and go which makes my mornings a little less hectic. They aren’t top notch quality but in a month of running through the dishwasher and microwaving, we have yet to ruin one yet.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (here) – I personally like and can subscribe to the 12 step idea. I know that a lot of people don’t like it, and find it too hard. However, I love it and genuinely feel like everyone (even people who aren’t alcoholics and addicts) can benefit from implementing a 12 step program into their life. AA has provided me meetings and a support system, it has provided me a way of overcoming past hurts, and it has provided a better future and shown me the light at the end of the tunnel.
Those are my most important physical items. Eventually I will make a list about my mental sobriety tool box and things I do to overcome anxieties and the want to drink inside my own head.
Do you have anything that has absolutely changed the way you function? I’d love to hear about it 🙂