Organization Skills You Need for Sobriety and Life
Lives run by addiction are chaotic and impulsive. When you get clean and sober, you may not know how to manage your time and your life can still feel unorganized. Sobriety is more than abstinence; it’s about learning how to take control and live a happy, joyous, and free life.
The first thing you need to do is learn time management skills. Lack of proper time management is cause for most people’s stress. Avoid over scheduling and allow yourself to rest. When you try to fit too much on your plate, you can get overwhelmed and angry, which can be dangerous for your sobriety. If your busy schedule in unavoidable, try to prepare for things in advance. Having three children that all need to be at school at the same time or a deadline for a big project at work are everyday tasks that are unavoidable. Learning to plan ahead will greatly benefit your sanity and allow for more serenity in your life.
Being physically organized helps alleviate tension from your life. When your house is messy, your life feels messy. Having a perspective place for things, and making sure items make it into that spot, helps you feel relaxed. Picking up after yourself is an important trait to learn once you’ve gotten clean and sober. Taking care of yourself and your belongings go hand in hand. You can’t respect yourself if you don’t respect your time and belongings. A good motto to go by is always leave the room better than you found it. You might not feel like cleaning, but it feels like much less of a task if pick up as you go rather than letting it build up.
You may live with family or friends, and it’s important to have good communication skills with them. Most addicts and alcoholics don’t have proper conflict resolution skills. Usually they either stay silent for years and develop deep resentment towards others or they blow up and start fights with people who cause them hurt or anger. Learning to properly communicate in a constructive way can help strengthen relationships. Organize your thoughts and plan what you’re going to say so you don’t allow emotions to run the show.
In sobriety, you should always follow the acronym H.A.L.T. This means to never allow yourself to get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, talking through issues, and calling a friend are all actions you should practice on a daily basis to keep your life organized and ensure internal happiness.
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