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Navigating Through Social Discrimination While in Recovery
Taking the bold step to join a sobriety network during your recovery from drinking is very impressive. However, you must be aware that there might be a few challenges through your journey to sobriety. Society is prejudiced, especially when dealing with people recovering from alcohol addiction. So, you must be prepared to face these issues with bravery and be surrounded by people who love you.
There are ways to navigate these times until you have fully recovered and are ready to take on a new challenge. Being in the right spaces, doing things you love, and generally having fun while focusing on your recovery can be all you need to block out outside noise. Here are a few helpful tips to guide you in finding your way around social discrimination.
Build a strong support system:
There's no better time to share with those you love than now. Alcohol recovery can be difficult with a few challenges here and there, but having a good support system can make all of it more manageable and worth it. Rely on family and friends that genuinely care for you and want the best for you. Have deep, meaningful conversations that can elevate your spirit so that a deter from the public will not matter much.
Engaging in mindful activities such as yoga and meditation to calm your body and soul. There are so many types of meditation, ranging from sleep therapy to deep breathing. You can join a yoga class to meet people and have conversations with those who share similar interests. These activities make you a happier person, and because true happiness comes from within, you would not need to depend on what others think of you.
Do activities you love:
If you love to listen to music, play the guitar, paint, read novels or write lyrics, these are the times to explore your talents. Keep your mind busy with meaningful activities like this as you explore your abilities and possibilities. Maintaining good mental health is essential while in recovery, and these activities can help boost your confidence and overall mental health.
Do more exercises:
During sobriety, you should ensure you are physically active. Doing regular exercises will keep you fit physically and mentally and boost your self-esteem. It would also reduce your likelihood of getting certain diseases. You can engage in aerobics, swimming, dancing, r even hiking. If you prefer, you can join a neighborhood gym where you can use more equipment and focus on building muscles in specific parts of your body
Consider traveling around the world:
You would gain a lot of inspiration and experience a rush of excitement when you visit other cities in the US or even internationally. Visit museums, and beaches, have picnics and learn to play new games. Learn about the history of different cultures, taste new dishes, and meet new people. Traveling to new places can be very stress-relieving and take some weight off your shoulder. Remember to stay away from alcohol as you embark on this adventure so that you do not have a relapse.
It is almost impossible to influence how people choose to interpret our situations, but you can decide how you react to them. Sobriety often comes with dealing with people's judgments, handling awkward conversations, and staying calm all through these. It is necessary to be forearmed to deal with these types of situations and to have the right attitude to walk through them.
The fact that you have decided to be sober and join recovery means that you know what is best for you, and you want to steer your life on the right path. Your "WHY" should always be at the back of your mind when dealing with discriminatory attitudes and comments from outsiders. You must remember that you have a goal, you own your life, you are a great person for making this decision, and you are loved. It is also important to always surround yourself with people who understand your journey and will not encourage or make you relapse. This means that their alcohol habits around you must be non-existent or controlled as a way of helping you.
Leverage the support of the sobriety group or community you are a part of. These people understand what you are going through, and they share common interests and goals with you at this time so that you can draw some encouragement from them. Remember that choosing sobriety is one of the best decisions you will ever make, and your life is about to get a lot better.