Many special and unique things can happen in rehab. These blessings may be big or small, but it is still helpful for you to recognize them. Making a gratitude list will help you to recognize those forgotten blessings and give you something good to focus on. A gratitude list will be helpful when times get tough before, during, and after your drug or alcohol recovery.
Creating and reflecting on your gratitude list will help to give you a positive attitude every day. This tool will help you to lift up your spirit and start your day right. Searching for and writing down all those blessings is a good way to monitor your recovery progress.
So where do you start? You can start by being thankful to the recovery process itself and all that it provides. Studies show that those people who have been focused on being grateful during their treatment or those who opt to seek programs recovery rehab are less likely to relapse. It will also help you not to take your recovery for granted.
Here are tips on how to create a gratitude list:
- Try to write something down that you’re grateful for every day. Perhaps your mom called you and asked how you are doing. Write it down. Try to write it in a detailed way like, “My mom called and asked me how I was doing. She told me she loved me, and she invited me to dinner. This really made my day.”
- Making a gratitude list can be done with a pen and paper, on your smart phone, or maybe on a calendar with large boxes where you can write your blessings each day. Create it and keep it in a safe place, because you may want to reread it for years to come.
- You can also use this gratitude list as a tool in your relapse prevention program. When you get overwhelmed, you can read back over all the good things that have been happening in your life. Sad times will soon go unnoticed, as will your thoughts of alcohol and drugs.
- So how do you express your gratitude every now and then? There will be days that there is absolutely nothing to be grateful for. When these days come, go out and observe your surroundings. Look at the sun, listen to birds singing, or maybe visit with someone you haven’t seen in a while. Make sure you write it all down.
- Take time to be grateful in your daily life. It’s been proven that making note of what you’re thankful for just before you go to sleep can produce a restful night’s sleep and happier dreams.
- Ask someone to be your gratitude buddy. Share the blessings that you have experienced with him/her. Sharing gratitude with each other will give you one more reason to be thankful on your list.
- Don’t give up on your gratitude list. Let it be as long as possible. In time, you will notice that you are happier every day because of seeking and spending time on each day’s blessings.