Guest Post: Feeling Empowered in Recovery

Jennifer Kreatsoulas is someone I have been lucky to connect with through the yoga and ED recovery community over the past year. She is the founder of Chime Yoga Therapy, a yoga teacher, writer/editor, mother and a huge inspiration to me.

She recently featured a blog with contributions from women around the United States on “what makes them feel empowered in recovery”.

Below is my contribution for the piece. You can read the full article HERE.

There is nothing easy about recovery. When we finally reach the point of being “sick and tired of being sick and tired” and make the commitment to get well – it becomes our full-time job, and our TOP priority. Although recovery presents numerous challenges, it is important to remember and take note of the little victories that we achieve along the way.

My father used to say to me “win the small battles and you will win the war.” That statement always stuck with me. Each day presents a new set of opportunities to challenge ourselves and detach from our past. When we welcome the challenge and succeed, we gain a sense of accomplishment and empowerment over our struggles.

Here are 3 things that make me feel empowered in my recovery:

  1. Learning to accept myself (and my recovery) in the present moment, and  understanding that although I might not be exactly where I want to be just yet, I am doing everything I need to do to get closer to my goal each day.
  2. Letting go of the need to be perfect, knowing that perfection is a far-fetched and unrealistic goal.
  3. Stepping out of my comfort zone, and breaking away from my routine to challenging old behaviors.

Although these might not seem like much at the time, every step forward in recovery should be viewed as an accomplishment. Celebrating the little victories along the way, and giving ourselves credit for the small accomplishments we make throughout the day, will ultimately give us the fuel and momentum to keep moving forward toward our recovery goals.

It is easy to get comfortable with routine, finding security within the boundaries you build around your life. Yes, each day contains 24 hours, but every single hour presents a unique set of opportunities. Do not try to force-fit into yesterdays mold. Instead, open your eyes to find all that is in front of you in the present moment.