(written by BRR intern)
Whether we struggle with an eating disorder, addiction, or any other issues involving mental health, there is always hope for recovery. During recovery, or even after, it can be tempting to make our lives exactly how it was before. Though this may not happen, we can successfully manage our symptoms to where they do not rule over our lives. Here are 5 ways to live beyond rules:
2. Take off the shades of negativity
On a bright sunny day, you might be tempted to put on sunglasses. After all, they do protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, and then they are taken off when your eyes are safe from harm. Our negative ways of thinking may have been a way of coping in the past. They helped then, but in a place of recovery you are safe.
3. Be your closest friend
Treat yourself like you would a close friend. Anything you say to yourself imagine saying it to them. Name a person that is completely perfect. We are all human; give yourself grace. Grace is not earned; it is freely given despite accomplishments. You are not alone, you are understood, heard, and here for a reason. Make each day purposeful. Sometimes we feel like every day is a fight to survive. I understand this battle too well, let us both decide to live long enough to find our joy in life.
4. Live fully
Do not limit yourself based on what others say about you, or what you say about yourself. Try new things. Try Traveling, a new recipe, or activity. Maybe try something you have never done before like swimming with dolphins, getting a massage, ziplining, or trying out a float spa?
5. Reach out
Recovery is a tough battle, and it is hard to fight alone. Whatever the battle is, there is hope. Hope is for “Hold On Pain Ends.” We are well worth recovering. It is important to get a support person that can help hold us accountable when we are not able to. We can, and we will win this fight together.
The Beyond Rules Recovery blog is written by people who are passionate about mental health and wants to spread the message of hope, resiliency, and recovery.