Sober holidays are a common topic in the recovery community. For many people, they can be triggering days, and you might notice memories of past use and partying on your mind. But today, instead of letting the past weigh you down, we’re offering you a lifeline — positive recovery mantras.
It doesn’t matter if you call them mantras, quotes or positive affirmation, they’re here to help you today.
Plus, science says mantras and positive affirmation can benefit our brains. Mantras can help as a grounding tool — getting you present in the here and now — and can boost mood, energy level and overall brain functioning.
By replacing negative or triggering thoughts with a positive, uplifting mantra, you can help reprogram your brain to think differently about a situation. And if your brain is hearing uplifting, motivational recovery messages, eventually, it will get stronger to think that way on default.
So today, on this sunny (and muggy) Independence Day in Southeast Minnesota, ground yourself with these positive, affirming mantras, no matter what the situation.
When you need courage.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you need perseverance.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
When you need dedication.
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
When you need a reminder.
“If you want what you’ve never had, you must do what you have never done.” — Anonymous
When you need a nudge.
“Do the next right thing.” — Anonymous
And for a bonus mantra, always remember, take your recovery one day at a time. Maybe you’ve heard it before, but let it sink in today. Take the day in stride, be grateful for what recovery has given you, and stay in the present moment.
And if you don’t have plans to celebrate, use your recovery supports and call up a sober friend or two — remember, you can still have fun in recovery, so get creative!
From the Common Ground family to you and yours, Happy Fourth of July! We’re wishing you a wonderful day celebrating, with the peace of mind that is found in recovery.