Maintaining Sobriety By Living an Authentic Life
Living an authentic life is when our actions and words are congruent with our beliefs and values. It is being our true selves, not an imitation, not acting how we feel others would accept or behaving how others tell us we should. It is acting, behaving, speaking and living a life that is true to our personal identify. Opening ourselves to authenticity involves knowing ourselves and being honest about what we want from life. If we find ourselves living to gain the approval of others, or compromising our values, morals, or beliefs, we are not living an authentic life.
Sustaining sobriety involves maintaining a commitment to wellness and personal and spiritual growth. Living authentically is a practice which benefits people in recovery, enhancing the overall meaning of their lives. It also ensures we are creating a life we can be proud of as we honor ourselves.
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Self-awareness is knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. Knowing one’s self is paramount in understanding what we value and how we can remain honest with ourselves. Taking time to be mindful of our daily habits and outlining our passions can inspire self-awareness. Self-awareness connects us to our highest selves and inner truths which we can use as guides into living out best and most actualized life possible.
We can be self-aware by practicing mindfulness and present-moment awareness. We can also become self-aware by journaling about our goals, success, dreams, triggers, and desires. The clearer we can be about living a life that alights with our truth, the more self-aware we become.
Connecting with the World Around You
Getting out of one’s comfort zone and getting into nature reminds us to remain present. Natural scenes such as beaches or lakes can keep us peaceful, so we can have time to contemplate what truly matters most. Getting out of your home can increase a sense of purpose in your life. Try getting out 2 or 3 times weekly and note any positive feelings.
Taking a mental inventory of your favorite social activities or groups and committing to them, for instance, keeps you engaged in the world and improves your perspective for living authentically. Being of service to others is another way to stay rooted in the present moment and recreate skills for growth. Treatment professionals may be able to assist you in finding ways to stay connected to the world around you.
Self acceptance is feelings of satisfaction with one’s self despite deficiencies and regardless of past behaviors and choices. Getting real about living authentically means uncovering wounds or mistakes and accepting them with grace. This includes embracing both our strengths and flaws, noting them as valuable parts of our being. Additionally, we don’t compare ourselves to others, as we see ourselves as unique beings who are still growing. Some have made some mistakes and survived a life of addiction, but mastering acceptance of past mistakes is key to emotional freedom.
Perhaps there are habits you have which are counterproductive, but being knowledgeable of your harmful habits gives you the chance to improve the quality of your life. Ask friends and family members for feedback on progress post-therapy or for additional guidance to discover who you are. Allowing yourself to be who you are while understanding how others see you, gives feedback on whether you are being authentic and true to your inner self.
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Unveiling Your Personal Power for Living an Authentic Life
Finding what motivates you or creates a sense of power for you is the boost you may need to live authentically. Tapping into your personal power is an act of courage resulting from self-awareness and honoring the self. Recall times where you were independent, you stood up for yourself, or utilized boundaries when needed. Reflect back on times you connected with a higher power to feel bliss and deep wisdom.
Being unapologetically you and not needing the validation of others encourages you to live in alignment with your spirit. Here, we put the power to create and sustain ourselves in our hands. We dare to live a life of progress without waiting for others’ permission and realize we have much more to offer ourselves and others than we may have realized.
Starting Your Journey into Living an Authentic Life
If you are struggling to embark on the journey to freedom, don’t be afraid. Treatment professionals are compassionately waiting to ensure you are guided to the right facility. Don’t hesitate to call a treatment specialist to start living an authentic life; contact a treatment expert now!
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