Recovery forces you to change. It puts you in a position of having to look at yourself, including the parts of you that you don’t like. Because of this recovery can be hard. You might start to lose the hope of ever being able to stay sober. Or you might start to lose touch with the vision you have for your life in the future.

That’s why it’s essential to do your best to maintain hope. You have to work at it though. Hope isn’t always something that appears naturally. For some, the idea of hope is always there and not anything they ever need to think about. For others, however, depending upon their psychological state, hope needs to be cultivated and maintained. You can create for yourself – especially during those times when you need it.

Hope could be described as having a sense of looking forward to something with desire and have a reasonable expectation that that desire will be fulfilled. If you don’t have any hope, it’s hard to move forward with your life. It’s hard to continue to face the challenges when you don’t know what you’re living for. However, you can begin to focus on an imagined future. You can start to put your attention on even the smallest possibility for what you wish to have in your life.

A few ways to create hope in your life include:

  • -Be grateful for what you have.
  • -Start your day in a positive way.
  • -Take good care of your physical body.
  • -Set goals for yourself and watch your progress.
  • -Explore your resources.
  • -Use affirmations to keep your mind positive.
  • -Take the focus off of you and put your attention on the lives of others.
  • -Find the gold inside the coal mine.
  • -Read the stories of others for inspiration.
  • -Face the fears that are holding you back.
  • -Let go of old grievances.
  • -Share your story.
  • -Listen deeply.

Lastly, as you are creating hope for yourself, remember that the past does not need to predict the future.  Another element of hope is knowing that the future is not going to be like the past. The future is contingent upon the choices, thoughts, and actions you take now.  Yet, no matter what you’ve been through, there are others who are likely going through similar hardships, and this too can be hopeful.

Sometimes recovery can be very challenging. But rather than focus on the difficulties of it, focus instead on what you can do to make it easier for yourself, such as following one the suggestions above. Hope is most certainly inside of you, you’ve only got to search for it.

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