Starting recovery can be a tough time, as you face all sorts of emotions and cravings.  There are days that go pretty good and then there are days when you’re really struggling. We’ve all been there.  As you journey the recovery road, it’s helpful to learn some powerful mantras to help you out along your journey. You know, to give you some mojo when you’re feeling out of steam. Yes, mantras are those lifesavers that can keep you safe and feeling hopeful that if you just hold on, you’ll be alright.

Which Powerful Mantras to Use When Starting Recovery

A mantra is simply a statement of truth. Usually, they serve as inspiration and motivation. A mantra is much like an anti-virus program for your infected computer.  When your mind gets infected with negative thoughts, just like the anti-virus cleans up the computer, your mantra can help clean up your thought life so you can go along your journey happy and free.

There are literally hundreds of mantras out there. Some are spiritual and some are pure encouragement. Today, let’s take a look 5 powerful mantras you can memorize and use in your recovery program:

Never Give Up

This mantra is so powerful. Never give up. Never. No matter what. Having a bad day? Week? Don’t give up. Boyfriend blow you off? Can’t get your car running? Money’s gone? Never give up.  Granted, sometimes life can throw some tough things at you and your emotions may be all over the place, but if you can remember this mantra and vow to never give up, you’ll have a fight in you that will get you to places you’ve only dreamed of.  Victory comes to those who Never Give Up!

It’s Alright to Feel This Way

The beginning of recovery feels like being on a roller coaster. One day you’re up and the next day you’re thrust down so fast you’re tempted to scream. It’s alright. Feel what you have to feel for now. You’ll most likely struggle with feelings of fear, loneliness, sadness, frustration, disappointment, and more. I’d dare say all recovering addicts- and well, just about everyone on the planet- feel these feelings at one time or another. Feeling such feelings doesn’t always mean they will stay.  If you deny or repress them, it won’t help you. Admit that you’re struggling and know that these feelings will pass as you do what you need to do in recovery.  You may need to take some action towards getting through such feelings, like attend therapy, work your steps, journal, read, etc., but know that feeling them along the journey is quite normal and alright.

It Will Get Better

Take a deep breath. It WILL get better. As you progress in your recovery journey, you will grow in many ways.  Just ask those who’ve been on the road for a while and they’ll tell you that the first days and months were pretty tough. Getting sober and then contending with the emotions that pop up can be overwhelming at times for sure, but it does get better.

Self-care is an act of self-love

When you commit to taking care of yourself, you’re loving yourself.  Plenty of people do not take care of themselves very well mentally or physically and as a result, they don’t feel well.   As you progress in recovery, keep in mind that you have to take care of yourself first and then you will be alright for others. By self-care, I mean doing things like putting recovery and yourself first.  Making sure that you don’t pick up a drink no matter what. Getting plenty of sleep. Eating a balanced diet. Hanging out with positive people. Being responsible for your own life. When you take care of you, this is a big sign that you actually love you!  When you adore yourself (no matter how you feel or what’s going on in your life), you not only feel better, but you’re more apt to be a positive influence on other people.

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

This is a powerful mantra. If you want to see a change in your life, you must make some changes. For example, if you want to make some new, positive friends, yet you’re not willing to do something different than you’ve been doing, you won’t make new friends.  Make a list of things you can do in order to actually make new friends and then take action.  Change isn’t easy, but it is necessary when you have certain goals and aspirations in life.

Go ahead and memorize these mantras to help you in your recovery and life.  Better yet, write them down and tape them to your wall, mirror, dashboard, etc. The more you can incorporate these mantras into your life, the more motivated you will be in your recovery. Go ahead and create a life that you really love. You have full permission!

If you’re struggling with addiction and need some assistance, please give call Hawaii Island Recovery today.  You can get your life back.