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How Do I Learn to Trust Myself Again?

Trust can bring you closer to others and allow you to reach out when needed. However, it can be hard to start trusting yourself when you’re in recovery. After all, you may be hard on yourself for making poor choices. Rest assured, you are in a new place in your journey now. It is time to give yourself a chance to learn to trust yourself again.

There are many benefits of learning to trust yourself. Trusting yourself more can build your self-confidence. Having trust in yourself also makes it easier to make decisions and creates stability in your relationships. Additionally, having a strong sense of self-trust can reduce stress levels in your life.

This blog post will explore steps you can take to trust yourself and how The Guest House can assist you in building self-trust during recovery.

It’s Not Easy to Learn to Trust Yourself

During treatment, you may second-guess yourself about your choices. For example, you may question whether you’re on the right recovery path. You may try to do too many things all at the same time and decide that nothing is working. When you were involved in addictive activities, you learned to trust others through what they could provide for you or who was present when you were not present. Now you have to reevaluate where to place your trust, and it’s not easy.

No one ever said that recovery was easy, but it is worth it. You are worth the effort to be your best self. This doesn’t mean you have to make major changes. All you need to do is learn to trust yourself to make small positive changes.

Signs That You Don’t Trust Yourself

Regaining trust in yourself will take some time, and it’s helpful to be patient with this process. There are many ways to learn to trust yourself; however, the best way is to take one thing at a time. Meet yourself right where you are at and do not try to force things that are simply not there. Trusting yourself involves understanding how your body feels when making a decision.

Here are some common signs that you may be struggling to trust yourself:

  • You seek reassurance from those around you.
  • It’s hard to acknowledge your feelings, as you feel disconnected.
  • You procrastinate when making decisions.
  • You’re often comparing your own decisions with others’ decisions.
  • You don’t believe in your own worth.

How to Learn to Trust Yourself Through Failures

If you are not in tune with your own feelings, you may tend to regulate your emotions based on how others feel. What’s more, you may undermine yourself by constantly minimizing your good points and successes. You may even believe you don’t deserve to learn to trust yourself.

However, every great thing that needs to be learned comes with a fear of failure. Recovery and trust may be all new to you. Sobriety may feel like a foreign land you’re wandering aimlessly through. That’s why it is important for you to acknowledge that you are not going to make the best choices 100% of the time.

It can be hard to learn to trust yourself. You have been through a lot that has caused you to lack confidence. You may not know how to build yourself up. It is important to recognize that there are professionals who can help you through this. For example, you may be interested in receiving individual therapy from a state-of-the-art facility like The Guest House.

Healthy Coping Skills for Learning to Trust Yourself

Rebuilding trust in yourself requires you be be aware of your abilities, strengths, and needs. Some ways of accomplishing this include the following:

  • Get in touch with your body. First, you can start to become more attuned to what your body is telling you. Start by taking a body inventory when you are faced with a decision. This way, if any symptoms surface, like a stomach ache, tightness in the shoulders, or restlessness, you will know that it may be a direct response to your decision-making.
  • Set realistic goals. Next, set reasonable goals for yourself. Accomplishing small goals eventually results in the achievement of big goals. When you set huge goals and do not achieve them, you start to mistrust yourself. Instead, set small goals. For example, set a goal to go to the gym twice per week instead of five times. Take baby steps toward reaching goals and learn to trust yourself through the goals you achieve.
  • Show yourself kindness. Be kind to yourself and offer yourself compassion. According to the British Journal of General Practice, showing kindness to others and yourself can increase your well-being. With anything that you try, it takes time to become proficient. Give yourself grace during this process. After all, you’ve already come a long way in your recovery.
  • Get connected. Lastly, connect to others who share similar experiences. At The Guest House, specialized programs can connect you to others with similar interests. We offer an alumni program for those who want to learn how to trust themselves and create strong connections.

How Can The Guest House Help You Learn to Trust Yourself

At The Guest House, we understand that learning to trust yourself is hard work. The healing journey can be frustrating at times. Without proper support, it’s especially daunting. We are here for you no matter what phase of your journey you are in. No matter where you are at in your journey of addiction recovery, The Guest House can help.

The recovery journey is hard work and sometimes it can feel like you’re doing it alone. Understanding yourself and where you belong in a world full of triggers and emotions can lead you to lack trust in yourself. Your journey has been hard but you keep fighting the fight. It’s important to keep going because help is on the way. All you have to do is take the first step in trusting yourself by reaching out to The Guest House. If you or someone you know is struggling with self-trust, please do not hesitate and give us a call at (855) 483-7800. We are happy to speak to you and will answer any questions you have.