It is necessary to make a huge effort to overcome addiction. There are no easy fixes, no miracle drugs, and no shortcuts. Overeating, smoking, or chewing tobacco addictions may all hurt your personal and professional life. Allowing something external to degrade your character as a human being will cause you to become preoccupied with feeding an addiction, making excuses, and generally deteriorating your character as a human being. This is where keeping a recovery journal will help.
Journaling is a tried-and-true tool for processing thoughts, decreasing anxiety, and reflecting on why you chose to leave a bad habit in the first place. You can access your online recovery journal and talk with other abstainers in our live support channels if you feel the urge to revert to old habits. There are some other advantages to journaling, such as increasing self-confidence, improving self-discipline, and improving emotional intelligence.
Have you ever seen anyone excel in achieving a lofty goal? They may seem to be an overnight success to you, but they have been slowly chipping away at it for quite some time. In that sense, you can start writing a recovery journal to get rid of those bad habits.
You automatically improve self-discipline by committing to writing in your recovery journal every day. Self-discipline improves other facets of your life, such as eliminating sugar from your diet, losing weight, and sticking to physical exercise.
Also, writing a recovery journal will assist in the interpretation of one’s “whys” in life. Why are you giving up alcohol? What motivates you to lose weight? Maintaining and writing out your list of explanations (whys) in-depth contributes to increased self-assurance.
It enables you to, as corny as it might sound, “Just say no.” The more thinking, effort, and time you put into something, the more difficult it is to let go of it. This idea can apply to breaking your old bad habits as well. The more time you put into clearly knowing your reasons for leaving, the more likely you are to resist temptation when a craving or urge strikes. Moreover, keeping a recovery journal will help you remember these motives.
Besides everyone seems to be focusing on a person’s IQ. However, the emotional side of intelligence also determines success or failure with long-term recovery from an addictive drug or action. Better life decisions can result from the ability to control emotions constructively and maturely.
You should use a recovery journal to focus on your actions. Many individuals, for example, have “false starts” while trying to break a bad habit. This is often the product of poor emotional management. When you have a sudden desire to consume a drug or indulge in risky actions, you are more likely to make poor as well as impulsive decisions. You will pre-determine how you will respond to different situations that you are bound to face in recovery by living a deliberate life by recovery journaling.
However, pre-planning how you will respond in a given scenario would almost certainly lead to the pre-determined outcome. Starting a recovery journal does not have to be complicated. Start small and write a couple of sentences every day. Not to mention that you will gain all the benefits that previously mentioned.