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Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Practice Patience

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight; in fact, sobriety is a lifelong process. It takes time to heal your mind, body and spirit – and being patient with the process will help you slow down and take things in stride. Learning to cultivate patience will also help as you repair relationships and allow friends and family time to heal any wounds caused by your active addiction. 

We can all stand to practice being a bit more patient – and these steps can help.

  1. Train yourself to wait. Count to 20 before responding to a text message or intentionally hold out for dessert. Bonus: This type of willpower exercise may also help you fend off any cravings. 
  2. Practice gratitude. Just like you practice being patient, you can also practice being thankful. One helpful exercise: Jot down three things for which you’re grateful for today.  
  3. Vent in a healthy way. Go for a hike, meditate or talk with an understanding loved one – anything that helps you release frustration and make room for patience. 
  4. Concentrate on your breathing. Breathing is a simple way to slow down when you begin to lose your patience. Try it: Inhale slowly and count to 10. Now exhale. Repeat this three times and notice your frustration slowly melt away.
  5. Remind yourself that all good things take time. If you expect things to happen instantly, you’re more likely to get impatient. Instead, realize that everything takes time – but it’s worth the wait!
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From day one, our treatment model prepares young adults with the skills needed to succeed in sobriety and in life after rehab, including the ability to be patient and deal with life stressors in a positive way. To learn more about how you can start on your journey toward sobriety, call us today: 866-831-9107. 

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