This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, we’re going to talk about 10 habits of highly successful sober college students.
It’s already that time of year again: school is back in session and college students are heading back to campus to reunite with friends for another year of academics. However, for many students, studying is likely to take a backseat to partying and substance abuse.
If you’re a sober student heading back to college for the first time, it’s important that you set yourself up for success with habits that will protect your sobriety. Being immersed in a culture where students’ goals are to party every weekend can be rough, especially for students in recovery. However, having the tools to stay sober will make all the difference.
Here are 10 habits of highly successful college students that you can implement in your own life.
#1. They surround themselves with other successful, sober students.
#2. They anticipate relapse and prepare for it.
#3. They keep their sobriety in perspective.
#4. They avoid high-risk situations.
#5. They find creative and healthy ways to manage stress.
#6. They prioritize a clean, safe, and sober living environment for themselves.
#7. They maintain a sense of balance in everyday life.
#8. They take advantage of recovery support resources for sober students.
#9. They plan for an alternative spring break.
#10. They get involved with the local community.
This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery, and in this episode, I’m going to provide 9 practical tips to help you have more gratitude in recovery.
But first, what is gratitude?
The definition of the word gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness” Practicing gratitude in your everyday life is more than just saying “thank you” or being internally thankful for a life that is free from addiction. Practicing gratitude is using your behavior to be an example of a person whose actions are guided by the principles of the 12 steps and then sharing that goodness with other people in your life.
Gratitude isn’t just a nice thing to practice — it’s essential for long-term recovery. Being grateful reminds us that even when things go wrong, there are still plenty of things to be thankful for. Being grateful allows us to take on challenges with a positive mindset and instead of seeing relapse as a failure, we can see it as an opportunity to improve. Practicing gratitude also teaches us how to love and respect ourselves, which in turn, enables us to love and respect others.
If you’re in recovery and you’d like to establish behaviors and a mindset that reflects gratitude, here are nine practical ways to practice gratitude in recovery.
1. Focus on what you have, rather than what you don’t have.
2. Ponder a recent life lesson you’ve learned.
3. Make it a goal to give to others daily.
4. Focus on the best in others instead of the worst.
5. Take an inventory of your life.
6. Start viewing challenges as opportunities.
7. Be kind to others.
8. Take time to think about the things you’re thankful for.
9. Consider something or someone you have now that you didn’t have in your addiction.