Change Can Be Uncomfortable
One thing that change can definitely be is uncomfortable. Likewise, one thing that you may love is comfort. We think we thrive on being comfortable, but this means we can never make meaningful change. During your recovery, you’re going to have to learn and be okay with uncomfortable situations. We know this can be scary. We aren’t going to push you and lead you down a path that can hurt you. We want to help nudge you in the right direction so that you can reach your goals in recovery. Being okay with uncomfortable situations doesn’t mean you don’t have fear. Instead, it means that you are ready and willing to be uncomfortable and be scared, but you are going to show up and do your best anyway.
What Happens When You Leave Your Comfort Zone?
Great things happen when you leave your comfort zone! Although you feel safe in your comfort zone, it’s important to remember that your comfort zone will not always serve you. It can even keep you from setting and reaching future goals. For example, if you are struggling with substance use, you might be comfortable in using. You may feel like using alcohol or drugs serves you in a way that other things do not. Leaving substances behind when you step out of your comfort zone can be so scary, but it’s going to be a great feeling when you realize that you do not need substances to make you happy and content with life. In fact, these substances are holding you back. You, however, may not have realized that if you hadn’t left your comfort zone.
Getting Used to Being Uncomfortable
It’s going to take some getting used to if you want to leave your comfort zone. It’s easy to remain on autopilot, going through the motions of using substances because that’s what you’re used to. Using alcohol and drugs, however, isn’t helping you become your best self. You’re going to have to get used to the uncomfortableness of not using. It’s going to take time for your brain and body to let go of the dependence of the substances you use. It’s going to take time and effort and energy to stop using. This can be uncomfortable. This can be difficult. This can be overwhelming. This, however, is worth it.
Changing Your Ways
Vowing to make a change may be easy, but what’s difficult is actually following through. You can tell your family and friends one hundred times that you will stop using. If you don’t have intent to stop using, however, there’s no point in getting their hopes up. Following through with your promise is what’s most important. It might take you a few tries before you’re able to remain sober, but as long as you are trying, that’s all that matters. Doing your very best is what counts.
So, to start doing your best, you’re going to have to start imagining your life free of alcohol and drugs. Imagine what it’s going to feel like when you work toward your goal of being sober. Take small, manageable steps to complete your goal. This could be removing yourself from situations that would make you want to drink alcohol or use drugs. Take pride in working hard to get yourself sober. This is a big deal, so stand tall and be proud! Celebrate the small victories, no matter how insignificant they may feel. One day sober turns into two, which will soon turn into a full week. Add up a few weeks and you’ll be on your way to a month. The longer you go without using, the better you’re going to feel.
Another thing you’re going to have to change is the way you view failure. There truly isn’t any failure if you’re doing your best. Try not to beat yourself up if you use after a period of not using. Dust yourself off and get back up. You’re going to have to remain strong to keep moving forward. Learn from your mistakes and push through the difficult times. With hard work and determination, you’re going to get there. We’re here to help.
Blow Through Your Comfort Zone
Once you’re on a roll, you might feel like you want to blow through your comfort zone. Ride that wave and go for it! Comfort zones make us feel safe, but they hold us back from change. Accept that you’re going to be uncomfortable. Keep going anyways. Take a small step first. Then, take a step that’s a little bigger. The next time, a little bigger. Before you know it, you’ll be blowing through that comfort zone.