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Every once in a while, when things get hard in your recovery, you might feel like giving up. Everything can seem awful and hard and not okay. It’s important to keep pushing forward. Life is tough, but so are you. Here are the questions you should ask yourself before you decide to quit.
Have I eaten lately?
Making sure you are properly nourished is a good first step before making any decisions. Your brain can’t fully function if you aren’t eating.
Am I drinking enough water?
Drinking water is a necessary step. You must stay hydrated to have your body working well.
Have I taken my medication today?
If you haven’t taken your medication today, go do that. If you are on a medication regimen and you miss a dose or are not taking them properly, this may be why you aren’t feeling well.
Have I showered today?
Making sure you are showered and clean can have a huge impact on how you are feeling. A warm shower or bath can help you tremendously.
Have I changed out of my pajamas today?
Getting out of bed and changing your clothes can help you feel better, even just a little bit. It helps tell your brain that you have something to get out of bed and put on clothes for. It’s a small but important step.
Did I get enough sleep last night?
If you aren’t sleeping enough, you won’t be able to function properly. Having a sleep schedule is an important thing to try and accomplish. Before you make any decisions, take a nap. It might help you feel better.
Have I exercised today?
Making sure you have moved your body is an important thing to do each day. Exercise is a natural anti-depressant and can be an immediate source of relief.
Have I spoken to anyone today?
We all need human connection. If you haven’t spoken to someone today, reach out to a friend or family member. You need human interaction to function properly.
Have I left the house today?
Getting yourself out of the house and into the world is a good step to take when you don’t feel well. Try to fake it until you make it. This can help more than you think.
Have I done a meaningful activity today?
Try and do something that gives you a sense of purpose. This will help get you in the mood of feeling better and purposeful.
Do I feel like trying a new activity?
Trying new things can be exciting! If you’re struggling, give something new a try. This can also give you a sense of purpose and jump start your day.
Have I done something for myself today?
Do something that you know will make you feel better. This can be something you love, like watching your favorite movie or reading your favorite book. You can cuddle a pet or hug a friend. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, but try to do something for yourself.
Have I waited until tomorrow to make any rash decisions?
Don’t make any big decisions until tomorrow. There’s no rush. Sleep on it and give yourself extra time to think. Chances are, you’ll feel better tomorrow.
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