“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar
Those of us in recovery are no strangers to pressure. In the beginning, whether it’s from the struggle to stay clean and sober each day or the desire not to let our loved ones down yet again, we may feel pressure on all sides. These feelings will subside as we move further along our recovery journeys and get more comfortable in our skin. But, that doesn’t mean we’re going to be immune to pressure in our future.
Making major life-changing decisions is stressful for anyone, whether or not they’re recovering from a substance use disorder. But, when we’re taught to live one day at a time, it’s natural that we’d feel it more sharply when making decisions that will have long-term consequences. The thought of changing jobs, buying a car, signing a mortgage, or changing careers may scare us nearly to death at first.
There are some practical steps we can take to help find clarity in these moments:
|Talk to Someone We Trust||Living in recovery puts us in contact with people who are actually positive. These people offer us the kind of life experience that can truly help us understand the choices before us.|
|Pray or Meditate||Instead of obsessing or worrying about our options, we can take steps to turn them over. Once we’ve done our part in the process, we can reduce the stress we might feel by improving our conscious contact with our higher power. By asking for help and listening for the answer, the sense of burden we feel might be eased.|
|Help Someone Else||As much as it might seem like the most important things in the world that we face are our own problems, they are not. The perspective we need can often be found helping others overcome the difficulties they face. When we see what confronts others, we get a better view of our own problems and opportunities.|
Hasty decisions aren’t good for anyone, least of all those of us in recovery. At the same time, we shouldn’t let fear of making a decision become an excuse for not taking healthy risks. When we take the necessary steps, we can have the confidence necessary to walk through our lives clean and sober.Back to Blog