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How Do I Find the Upside When I Am Feeling Down?

Finding a silver lining in each day can sometimes be challenging. When you are experiencing cessation from drugs and alcohol, you may already be on edge. With all the problems of today, you may feel down and hopeless. There are tons of reasons to feel anxious and depressed, but many more reasons to be thankful that you are sober and alive. Even when you are feeling down, you should try to look for the upside of every situation.

Talk to an Optimistic Friend

Nothing can change your perspective more than hanging out with a cheerful person who can lift your spirits. Positivity is contagious if you open yourself to receive the vibes that are being sent your way from a friend. Catch them and thrive in them. You will no doubt feel better when you revel in the encouragement of others.

Make a Gratitude List

Journaling is a wonderful tool that can articulate what you are trying to say in your head. Being grateful is an important aspect of recovery and can help you to see how good you really have it. Take notes of the things, big and small, that make you appreciate life. Even if you do not have time to write them out, acknowledge them as you go about your day. You can turn your frown upside down by adding a little gratefulness to the mix.

Be of Service

Showing kindness to others will go a long way in making the day shine bright with hopefulness. Taking the time to put your hand out to someone less fortunate will certainly make you feel good about yourself. Plus, there is always someone to help if you are willing to look around in recovery and personal life.

You may think you are not qualified to be of service but throw that idea out. There is a ton of service work to do. You just have to be inclined to show up for it. Although there is no way you can be happy all day, you can still find ways to count your blessings each day.

Taking time to be grateful for the life you get to live today will remind you why you got sober in the first place. You deserve to experience joy and finding the upside in life will point you in the right direction.

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