Addiction recovery is a long commitment, and one’s time in a center for alcohol and drug treatment serves to prepare each individual for their continued battles and success outside in one’s personal life. Finding effective grounding and coping strategies, exploring new hobbies and communities, and finding one’s spiritual center are all core components of one’s recovery journey. However, with the constant stresses littered throughout each day, having a mantra to reaffirm one’s sobriety and motivate an individual to focus on their sober efforts can be crucial.
What Is a Personal Mantra?
Personal mantras are short sayings, either created or heard, that resonate with a profound meaning. Some may find certain proverbs extremely provocative and uplifting. Other mantras may be a quote from an influential figure, or one can create their own based on their experiences and newfound perspective in sobriety. These mantras are short phrases or even individual words that hold this significant meaning for an individual, reflecting not just how far one has come on their sober journey but also one’s continued goals.
How to Use a Mantra Effectively
One’s mantra is instrumental in navigating one’s sobriety through everyday life. Having a go-to phrase that can guide one’s decisions or encourage an individual through stressful events can be instrumental in continuing to prioritize one’s transformed lifestyle. Utilizing one’s mantra by embedding it throughout one’s day as much as possible can reinforce this notion.
Keeping one’s mantra visible — such as having a note in one’s wallet or purse sporting the phrase — and rehearsing and repeating it to oneself in the mirror during one’s morning routines can ensure that it retains its power and influence. Repeating it to oneself either out loud or in one’s head during stressful times empowers one’s mantra to continually influence one’s decisions and help navigate daily hurdles by providing perspective or reminding oneself of their higher sober goals.
Other ways to incorporate one’s mantra throughout the day may involve putting the phrase as the background of a computer or phone, having the word or phrase or the influence of the mantra next to one’s bed or visible during a morning routine, or by associating the mantra with certain aspects of one’s wardrobe, such as a bracelet. Creating an effective mantra is only part of the process; truly working to reinforce and live by its dictate is crucial for its continued impact.
Refining Your Mantra for Continued Success
Finding these influential mantras early in one’s recovery can be incredibly beneficial. However, like all other aspects of one’s journey to prolonged sobriety, there may be many changes along the way. One’s perspectives may shift as one pursues and accomplishes certain milestones, and replacing these goals with new ambitions can redefine how one sees their mantra. As a result, one’s mantra is a fluid part of one’s sober journey, able to be adapted, refined, and changed for one’s continued success.
While one’s goals during the infancy of their journey may be to go an entire week without using any drugs — a notion once felt impossible — these goals change as one progresses, and the traits that one wants to embody can change alongside them. One’s mantra is a great way to reflect this progress. Changing one’s mantra, either by finding a new word that better encapsulates one’s priorities or by meeting new, even more powerful influences pertinent to one’s current stage of recovery, can prompt each individual to consistently reevaluate their goals and plans for their continued success.
Creating Your Own Mantra
Mantras can come from anywhere — from personal influences and supports to drawing them from fictional characters that represent the traits one wants to reflect in themselves. However, creating one’s own mantra can be the biggest testament to one’s progress.
Using one’s successes to create a new mantra can be the best way to ensure that one’s mantra is personal to them, reflecting not only the evidence of one’s positive transformations but also further ensuring that one’s mantra lines up with the continued development of their spiritual self — one’s beliefs, values, and worldview. Intertwining one’s mantra with oneself and their goals for the future ensures that these mantras remain profound, pertinent, and wholly unique to each individual.
Mantras operate as both a look to the past and a vision of the future, helping an individual make decisions in their self-interest and continue to prioritize sober practices and profound transformations, all while being adaptable to one’s continued growth in their sober lifestyle.
Creating and refining your mantra can be reflective of your continued success in the recovery sphere. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we understand the constant battles that addiction can present from the beginning of your sober journey to your graduation as an alumnus, and we are prepared to help you explore your own grounding strategies and spiritual beliefs to create and refine a mantra that can continue to guide you through your sober journey. Your time with us can be personalized based on your unique needs and goals. We offer yoga and mindfulness practices, individual and group therapy, meditation, Dharma recovery practices, and an extensive cultural and experiential learning program. We also provide a comprehensive aftercare program to continue supporting you outside of our facility as much as inside. For quality rehab in Hawaii, information on how we can help you, or to speak to a caring, trained staff member about your unique situation, call us today at (866) 390-5070.