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Take Back Your Sobriety: 5 Steps to Begin Your Recovery

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When you hit rock bottom (or close), it’s common to reflect on the negativity in your life. But that’s not what’s going to bring you out of this funk. Instead, you have to reframe your thoughts and learn how to have a positive outlook.

Once you’ve made the decision to recover, you have many reasons to be hopeful. The journey will not be an easy one, but taking your life back is a priceless reward.

Here are five steps to take back your sobriety and regain control over your life.

1. Find a rehab center

If addiction has taken over your life, you will most likely need professional help to recover. The best place for this is one that is designed to help people regain sobriety. Find a rehabilitation program that seems like a good fit for you. They all have the same goal, but some rehabs use different methods to get you there. For example, you may find a faith-based or spiritual rehab to be a good fit. Or, you may want a rehab that focuses heavily on reconnecting with nature. You have many options.

2. Check with your insurance provider

Your insurance will likely cover some sort of rehab program, but the rules vary drastically by insurance providers. Check with yours to see what is covered and what isn’t.

3. Take time off from work

The most important thing you can do is to get help for your addiction. If that means losing your current job, it’s still your best bet. If you continue working through your addiction, chances are good that you’ll eventually lose your job anyway. It’s better to get help now before your addiction gets worse.

With that said, you should know that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects you from discrimination. This doesn’t mean your employers have to keep you employed while you’re actively using, but they cannot let you go for getting help.

Some employees may qualify for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows them to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave.

If you think it’s an option, talk to your boss about a medical leave.

4. Find a supportive friend or relative

You’ll probably make new friends in rehab and/or in sober support groups, but it’s important to have someone on your side back home. This person may be a member of your family or someone you’re close with. Whoever you choose, make sure they do not have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Your old drinking buddies are not a good fit for this job.

5. Get your affairs in order

Before you go off to rehab, take care of any loose ends that may cause you stress. For example, make sure your rent and other bills will be paid on time. Find someone to water your plants and take care of your pets. While you’re at rehab, you don’t want to worry about anything going on at home.

 

Going from addiction to sobriety is never an easy process, but with some planning and a positive outlook, it can be a rewarding one.

Author’s Bio

Joshua is an ex-addict and founder of the Ohio Addiction Recovery Center. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge.

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The Pursuit of Happiness: Top 10 Ways to Increase Your Overall Mood

The Pursuit of Happiness

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The pursuit of happiness is a cornerstone of the American dream, outlined specifically for us in the Declaration of Independence. Yet some days, we find ourselves chasing the ever-fleeting mistress that is happiness and fail to catch her.

So on days when we cannot craft a genuine smile, why not just abide by the time-honored tradition of “fake it until you make it"? Science says no. By faking happiness, you can actually make your mood worse. In the work field, faking contentment can make you hate your job and can make you sick.

Psychologist Iris Mauss at UC Berkeley found that people who focus on improving their happiness tend to focus on obtaining personal gains, which can lead to a busy life with little beneficial social or intrapersonal interaction.

Dan Gilbert, a pioneer in the study of happiness, says that humans are driven by emotions and that “emotions (are) a compass that tells us what to do. A compass that is perpetually stuck on the north is worthless." Meaning that if we are ALWAYS happy, (a.k.a. always stuck facing north), we will miss out on other important emotions and may not truly be able to cultivate the power and joy that comes from happiness.

Remember: all emotions are valid; make sure to feel them all!

What happiness is NOT

Happiness is a vague beast to tackle. For every individual person, a sense of joy can come from a multitude of places. There is so much variation in what happiness is to each individual. To get a grasp on how to best define it, we must look at what happiness it is not.

Happiness is not predictable

Contrary to popular belief, things are not as burdensome as you might anticipate them to be. By default, the great things that come to you do not always make you as happy as you’d like. Gilbert gives a great example. “Going blind will not make you as unhappy as you’d expect, and winning the lottery will not make you as happy as you expect."
As reliable as we’d hope our brains are at predicting our future emotions and responses, it is well backed that they do not have this capability.

Happiness is not material

Even though a new outfit can make you feel better for a moment, this is what science likes to call “false happiness." While at first, it may help you feel more confident and excited to take on new tasks, eventually that feeling will fade with the fabric you bought. Chasing money and material possessions lead to a temporary sense of happiness.

Happiness is not a destination

Life is about the journey, but the destination is not happiness. Enjoying the process is the important part to remember.
If you find yourself saying things like:

  • “Once I finish a project I will be happy"
  • “Once I make a million dollars, I will be happy"
  • or “Once I am married, I will be happy", you have the wrong mentality.Happiness is not found outside yourself, it’s cultivated inside. Relying on an outside source to change your emotional status will not help you become happier.

If we can’t concretely define happiness for everyone, maybe we should focus the attention on how to create more of it for ourselves.

How to Increase Happiness

Creating a calm and productive life is the best way to cultivate joy for yourself. These are the top ten recommendations to increase happiness.

  1. Look for employment at a company that values its employees and their happiness.
  2. Invest in experiences – instead of investing in material goods, invest in memories.
  3. Focus on your relationships and making them succeed.
  4. Practice mindfulness.
  5. Practice gratitude – keep a running list of what you are thankful for.
  6. Help others.
  7. Exercise.
  8. Budget for happiness – use financial tweaks to save for experiences.
  9. Focus on posture.
  10. Eat healthily

Though we are always striving for happiness, our tactics for getting there may not be as effective as we’d like. By understanding what happiness is, what it is not, and how to cultivate more of it in your life, you are bound to live a life full of joy, purpose, and laughter!

Author’s Bio

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

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10 Positive Thinking Tips: The power of positivity on your health

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Thoughts and attitude towards life is an indicator of success or failure. Positive thinking leads towards success whereas negative thinkers fall into the bucket of failure.
Thoughts of a person strongly affect his health according to the thoughts might think. If a person is a positive thinker, his mind grows and stays sound and healthy. It assists him in making decisions, leading tasks and taking risks.

On the other hand, negative vibes disturb the functioning of our brain. It compresses the mind that leads towards failure, depression, anxiety or success. Positive thoughts are the sign of good health. Positive thinking is an approach to thinking about matters in a constructive way.

In this approach, the person is looking for a good news or plus point even in the bad news or unfavorable situation. It teaches you to stay calm and control your decisions.

The power of positivity

Decisions of a person following negative thinking approach are controlled by his negative thoughts. In this approach, the person attains skeptic attitude towards every prospect of his life.

Researchers proved that positive thinkers are long livers, stress releasers and have sound immunity system. Psychiatrists argued that positive thinkers have minimal chances of having any heart or mental disease.
They are mentally and physically strong enough to go through any tragedy or trauma. Nowadays, in an era where competitions are high, it becomes necessary to work hard and extra to survive. In this situation, work of heavy load can easily be tackled if you have a sound mind and a healthy body.

The positive thinking approach has the power to boost your inner and physical health. You can transform your thoughts in a positive manner using the following tips.

 

  1. Meditation

Meditation has a positive effect on the soul as well as on the body of a person. It teaches a person to stay calm and control your breaths, which assists the person in tackling warm situations.

Also, seeds a plant of positivity in the heart of a person that reduces stress. It slows down aging and improves the cardiovascular and immune system of a person, which is considered as the power of positivity.

  1. The best project to work on is yourself!

Developing yourself into a more positive person has a vast beneficial impact on your health. According to medical specialists, it helps people in stress alleviation, moderate blood pressure, less anxiety and increases serotonin. It has an impact on a person’s mood and attitude.

Getting yourself engaged in such personal development may assist you to keep away from the negativities. Engagement in such kind of activities such as personal development courses increases the motivation level, improves the focus and creates a sense of direction in a person.

Strategically planned personal development will help you eliminate the negativities from your mind and enhance the positivity in your decisions. This will assist you to take a diversion from your monotonous life. Also, engage yourself in physical or mental health activities.

  1. Adopt a company of positive people

A person adopts numerous habits from a company he keeps. Surroundings of negative people dominate your negative thoughts whereas adopting a company of positive people has a great impact on the thoughts and values of a person. The more positivity you have in your life, the brighter the world around you will become.

  1. Set your priorities straight!

Minds of people who do not have any priorities, goals, and ambitions are like houses without residents. No or wrong priorities contribute towards the development of negative thoughts in minds.

Prioritization in life hinders the level of stress and resistance to do work. It develops a sense of responsibility in a person, which is a smooth step towards positivity.

  1. Don’t let your emotions go out of hand and be decisive

Most of the people complain about the situation in which they do not want to be. Instead of complaining, a person should learn how to take control of the situation. Learning to control decisions allows you to throw out negativities from your mind.

It also develops a sense of achievement and responsibility. Guess what is more positive than one handling an unfavorable situation in a cool and calm manner.

  1. Believe in yourself

The best approach towards positivity is to maintain your self-confidence and believe in yourself. It boosts your positivity towards each and every aspect of life. Your confidence allows you to stay tall in front of negativities and act as a barrier.

  1. Explore the bright side of everything

We live in a society of critics, where everyone is busy in criticizing others for anything and from the other side. Everybody is busy in thinking what others think about them.

This approach leads towards low self-esteem and less positivity. The best approach towards positivity is that always look for the bright side of the picture. It is the power of the positivity to find out the good news in a bad situation. That helps in the development of a healthy mind.

  1. Enhance positive self-talk and self-motivation

A person’s best friend is his inner self whom he was talking to all the time. That best friend has a great influence on your mind and heart.

If you are talking negatively about your inner self, it means you are approaching towards negativities. You should avoid negative talks and increase self-talks on positive matters as well as on negative matters in a positive way.

  1. Learn from failures and move ahead

Failure and success both are the vital part of life. Behind every success, there are many failures. Those who face failure positively by learning from it and moving on led towards success.

Most people blame themselves for the failure, which restricts them to lead towards success. The constructive thought and action towards failure are to learn from failure, which develops a sense of positivity and makes the mind healthy.

  1. Set Realistic Goals

Another step towards positivity is to increase expectations from your own and set realistic goals and targets for yourself. People who tend to set realistic goals are very much likely to achieve them.

Unreasonable and unrealistic goals are impossible to achieve and continuous failure of achievement leads towards depression. Avoid setting unrealistic goals and try to be a down-to-earth person. Achievement of realistic goals removes negative vibes from the mind and keeps the mind healthy.

In order to enhance positivity, you should learn how to eliminate negativity from your thoughts. This could be done by understanding the impact of negative thoughts on your health.

Negative thoughts play an important role in the progression of depression, anxiety, and stress. Negativity affects your health mentally (i.e. anxiety, mood changes, lack of interest and motivation etc.) as well as physically (i.e. shoulder pain, migraines and insomnia etc).
In contrast, benefits of positive thinking are enormous. It also helps you to develop mentally and physically.
The power of positivity makes great changes in peoples lives.

Author’s Bio

Asma Niaz is an Academic writer at Zoe Talent Solutions who loves to write stellar content on various educational topics, programs, training, and courses. Zoetalentsolutions is a premium teaching division, which offers highly professional courses to excel in your workplace.

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How Motivation Affects Your Health?

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Motivation is something that provides us with the energy that we need to purse the results. We can gain this strength either from within us or from external sources. So, it can either be an extrinsic or an intrinsic motivation.

What is the extrinsic motivation?

It is a type, where we gain the inspiration from external sources. For instance, you get it from your friend or your family member. They might use their words to provoke you to perform something.

What is the intrinsic motivation?

As the name of this impetus very well defines, it is the one that arises from within you. For instance, if you are a self-motivated individual, you might feel from within that you should achieve something. It can be something related to your studies, your job or even your personal life.

Is motivation always good?

When we see the outline, the enthusiasm is good. It keeps us moving. In fact, without motivation, we cannot wake up every day to lead our life. We wake up just because we have the desire to live and this desire acts as a stimulus from within.
On the flip side, the provocation from within or from external sources can create a whole lot of stress. When it forms a tension to achieve, it is not good.

You know the effects of stress on the human body. Yes, the excessive pressure faced by people these days in their professional and personal life forces them to health issues. They get high blood pressure and diabetes at a very young age. Even, it takes to life-threatening conditions like heart failure, thereby risking the lives of individuals.

What are the ill-effects of motivation?

Ill-effects of intrinsic motivation

  • It can change the behavior
  • Needs a particular attention and lengthy preparation
  • A wide range of approaches might be required to feel self-motivated.

Ill-effects of extrinsic motivation

  • Provides distraction
  • Difficulty in identifying appropriate punishment and rewards
  • In-effective after a longer period
  • Once the external motivator removes the prize, the impulse goes away

Effect of motivation on Dopamine

Dopamine is a compound that is present in the body as a neurotransmitter. It is a forerunner of other substances inclusive of adrenaline. Neurotransmitters are responsible for carrying chemical messages that play in the brain and have an effect on the other parts of the body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in the science of motivation.

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Effect of dopamine on the health

Low levels dopamine can lead to lack of motivation. So, naturally, the production of this neurotransmitter will increase if you are motivated. At high doses, it can correct low blood pressure because of low systemic vascular resistance. It is useful in treating hypotension, reduced perfusion of the body organ and low cardiac output.

If you are too much motivated, you will have a lot of stress in your mind to achieve the goal. When the dopamine instigates the release of stress hormones, the response can quickly turn into bad. When stressed, many changes will happen in your body. If you do not take adequate sleep at nights due to high-stress levels, it can, in turn, have an ill-effect on your overall health.

Stress can contribute to chronic inflammation, which, in turn, will affect your digestive system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system and also the skin. All these things can leave your body open to diseases like cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Even, it can lead to psychological issues like permanent memory loss, sleep disturbances, depression, and difficulties with learning, attention-deficits, anger, agitation, and anxiety.

Conclusion:

As the famous adage goes “Too much of anything is good for nothing". It holds true in the case of motivation too. So, you can stay motivated, but you should know how to relax yourself to prevent the stress building.

Author ~ Akshay Patni

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What Pleasant Words Should You Tell Your Parents Every Day?

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Just like most of the parents do their best to make their children happy, the children aim at returning this happiness to their parents. Though at times, both fail.
Our parents love us in spite of anything. If your mother and father are still alive, don’t miss the opportunity to make them a little happier every moment. Such occasions are multiple. There is no need to conquer the world to make them smile. For your family, you are always the best, and they need no proofs. Gain enough to become happy yourself.

To make your mother and father happier, you should be ready to be a bit more attentive to them and contact them more often. Your family should feel you care about the connection. This is not even about actions but about the positive words that you should address to them regularly.

Words of appreciation and gratitude

We’ve got a lot of reasons to thank our parents every single day. The very first one is that thanks to them we’ve come to this world and were cherished, protected, and supported enough to become healthy and happy.
We need to keep it in mind and show our gratitude to our mothers and fathers for their daily care.

Not all the parents cope with this task. You were blessed to get the ones who overcame all the obstacles to give you good memories of a warm family atmosphere. The chain of such pleasant words can be endless. They loved you despite your behavior. Therefore were always there to give a helping hand in childhood, in adolescence, and even now when you are quite an adult.

Words of understanding

Tell your parents you accept, love, and respect them as they are. It assumes you understand all their weaknesses, strange desires, aspirations, and ideas, though, you may not share them. Everyone has his own story in which every turn of the plot is inscribed in the book of fate. This is how you became who you are. All your ups and downs, disappointments, abuses, betrayals, pain, divorces, and so on contributed to who you are now.

The same with your mother and father. They have a unique path which formed their personalities. Life was not always pleasing them. Broken families and daily difficulties you have no idea about, made them bring some bitterness into your life too.
Just take them as they are and show that you do understand they have reason to act or behave in their way. You do not need to approve, just say in positive words that you understand!

Words of regret

Many of us assume apologizers are weak people who don’t stand conflicts and will merely sacrifice their opinion for the sake of a bad peace. It is completely wrong. Do you realize how much strength it takes to admit you were wrong? Most of us overstep the mark at times, but we should harness our willpower and tell our parents that we are sorry. This is a must.

Apologize for your least pleasant words or actions. You’ll reduce the influence of the negative energy brought into your life and the life of your parents by those undesirable words or actions. It takes little and means so much!

Your parents love you despite anything, but your duty is to show them you value that tender attitude. Studying overload can hardly be an excuse for your misbehavior. Browse this site to find a reliable writer to redirect some part of your writing assignments, but be gentle with your parents. Parents should see you do understand the influence of your rudeness on them and that you will not let it ride if you can reduce the bitter aftertaste of your communication. Express your sorrow to make your relations stronger.

Words of forgiveness

You should not wait for years for your parents to understand their guilt to forgive them some actions or attitude. Hence, the sooner you learn to forgive, the better. You need to understand, that they were striving for your happiness even using the unnecessary restrictions, strict bans, and the carrot and stick policy.

Yes, they chose the wrong methods, but you will not become happier nursing a grudge for years. Tell your parents that you let it go. That does not mean you forgive them to get ready for the next potential hurt. Just on the contrary. Acting this way you destroy the blocks in your relationships giving a chance for more meaningful continuation based on love, respect, and trust.

Words of truth

Inform your family of your real feelings and thoughts. Do not think you can only share your feelings with your parents when they are as bright and sunny as the sun. You can share the reasons for your gloomy mood as well. Be frank with your parents as for their failures and when they were successful.
Tell them what you appreciate most of all and what you can hardly stand. This is a conversation you need to dare. It takes efforts, but the result is just awesome as this way you can improve your relationships.

These are the main positive words we cannot afford omitting if we do care about the people who gave us birth. Some of them can be spontaneous. Others demand preparation and inner determination. But all of them are the obligatory elements of our daily communication with parents.

Author’s Bio

Interested in the science of the relationship between people, Jeremy Raynolds spent his college years studying psychology. Thanks to this base, he reached a keen understanding of the subject and is offering his helping hand to students who faced troubles with writing assignments.

Do you like this article about positive words we need to say to our mothers and fathers? Indeed, one should not turn the world upside down to show how much he values his parents, but we do not lay emphasis on it until late. This post must inspire us to be grateful children. Share the article with your friends if you find it useful.

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