Try These Tips To Release Resentments And Frustration In Recovery
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Try These Tips to Release Resentments and Frustration in Recovery
Recovery from addiction is a challenging and rewarding journey, but it can also bring up feelings of resentment and frustration. Resentment is the feeling of being wronged or treated unfairly by someone or something. Frustration is the feeling of being blocked or hindered from achieving a goal or satisfying a need. Both resentment and frustration can be harmful to your recovery, as they can trigger negative emotions, stress, and cravings. They can also damage your relationships with others and yourself.
Fortunately, there are ways to release resentments and frustration in recovery and move on with your life. Here are some tips to help you do that:
Identify the source of your resentment or frustration. Sometimes, you may not even be aware of what is causing you to feel resentful or frustrated. You may just feel angry or unhappy without knowing why. To release these feelings, you need to identify the source of them. Ask yourself: Who or what am I resentful or frustrated about What happened that made me feel this way How did it affect me
Express your feelings in a healthy way. Once you have identified the source of your resentment or frustration, you need to express your feelings in a healthy way. This can help you release them and prevent them from building up inside you. You can express your feelings by talking to someone you trust, such as a friend, a family member, a therapist, or a sponsor. You can also write them down in a journal, a letter, or a poem. You can also use creative outlets, such as art, music, or dance.
Forgive yourself and others. Forgiveness is one of the most powerful ways to release resentments and frustration in recovery. Forgiveness does not mean that you condone or forget what happened, but that you let go of the anger and bitterness that are holding you back. Forgiveness allows you to heal and move on with your life. To forgive yourself and others, you need to acknowledge what happened, accept it as part of your past, and make peace with it. You can also use affirmations, such as "I forgive myself for...", "I forgive ... for...", or "I am forgiven."
Focus on the positive. Another way to release resentments and frustration in recovery is to focus on the positive aspects of your life. Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, focus on the present moment and what you are grateful for. You can practice gratitude by making a list of things that you appreciate in your life, such as your health, your recovery, your loved ones, your hobbies, etc. You can also practice positive thinking by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, such as "I can do this", "I am worthy", or "I am enough."
Seek help if needed. Sometimes, resentments and frustration can be too overwhelming or persistent to deal with on your own. In that case, you may need to seek professional help from a therapist or a counselor who can help you work through your issues and provide you with coping skills and support. You can also seek help from support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or SMART Recovery, where you can share your experiences and learn from others who are going through similar challenges.
Releasing resentments and frustration in recovery is not easy, but it is possible. By following these tips, you can free yourself from these negative feelings and enjoy a more peaceful and fulfilling life in recovery. ec8f644aee