There are many aspects to focus on recovery. Balancing each of them can be a difficult challenge. The key to balance is moderation. By managing moderation, you can better handle your responsibilities and feel less stressed in life and recovery.
Benefits of Managing Moderation
There are many ways that managing moderation can benefit your recovery. These benefits may not be clear in all situations. However, they will allow you to create healthy habits and set yourself up for long-term success.
One of the greatest benefits that managing moderation can bring you is balance. Through recovery, you are likely seeking to establish habits that will help you avoid the use of substances. This way, you can create a successful and happy life for yourself in the future.
To avoid substance use and develop new habits, balance is a priority. By moderating each of your skills and habits, you can establish a state of balance that allows you to address your needs during moments of high stress from an unbiased perspective.
Another key benefit of managing moderation is improving the longevity of your results. By managing moderation through treatment and beyond, you can create lasting habits. In this way, you set yourself up for success in retaining the skills you have learned.
Being thrown off balance is often how individuals end up relapsing and regressing in their progress. By ensuring you retain this balance moving forward, you are also increasing your ability to maintain life-long sobriety.
How to Manage Moderation
Use these techniques to help you establish a sense of moderation. The more you practice moderation skills, the better you can manage moderation through your recovery journey. Remember that each time you practice moderation, you are setting yourself up for the highest potential of success.
Know Where Your Line Is
One of the most difficult aspects of moderation is to determine where the line needs to be drawn. This means recognizing when you are focusing too much on one area. It also means noticing when you are neglecting other areas.
How do you determine this? Observe your current skills and habits. You may find that none of your time is dedicated to self-care, spiritual well-being, relaxation, physical health, or something else that you feel is important.
If you tend to watch TV instead of engaging in one of these things, set a deadline for turning off the TV. Similarly, if you find yourself scrolling on social media, set a deadline for your time on social media. Any habit that you feel is being done too extensively should have a clear stopping point for you to recognize.
Set Your Standards
Review the goals you have set in place for yourself in recovery. Compare your goals to the current habits and practices you are engaging in now.
Set standards for new habits to implement or alter that will contribute to you accomplishing your goals. This is a great technique to help you evaluate what areas in your recovery are currently lacking.
Setting standards in place for yourself helps you hold yourself accountable for managing moderation. Address each area of your well-being to ensure that you are properly catering to each one. At first, the time spent on each area may not be equal. Some areas may need more work than others.
Using Chakras to Visualize Moderation
One helpful exercise for recognizing areas in your life that need moderation is done by going through the chakras. Consider each aspect represented by your chakras by going through the points below.
Are there areas you are currently spending too much time on? Similarly, are there aspects of life you are neglecting? Recognizing these can show you where to direct your energy to achieve more moderation in life.
The crown chakra relates to awareness and intelligence. It can be improved by meditating, being quiet and still, and learning new information.
#2. Third Eye
The third eye chakra relates to your imagination and intuitive feelings. This chakra can be improved by paying attention to your dream state or engaging yourself in creative activities.
The throat chakra pertains to your ability to communicate. Improving this chakra can be done by working on your communication skills, journaling, and engaging with people who support you.
The heart chakra relates to feelings of love and admirability. This chakra can be improved by expressing your gratitude, using self-affirmations, and engaging in self-care practices to show yourself love and appreciation.
#5. Solar Plexus
The solar plexus chakra relates to your confidence and self-esteem. This chakra can be improved by exercising, being outdoors, and moving your body in a way that you feel comfortable.
The sacral charka pertains to your feelings of pleasure. This can be improved by acknowledging internal conflicts, engaging in activities that you enjoy, and implementing self-care practices.
The root chakra relates to your ability to stay grounded and be yourself. This chakra can be improved by being in nature, gardening, or using grounding techniques.
Addressing each of your chakras and ensuring you have some activity throughout the day that contributes to each one allows you to establish this sense of balance.
This is important to address when managing moderation. It helps you to pinpoint areas that are lacking and areas that are being over-compensated. You can create a routine that addresses each area and is specific to your needs to create a healthy balance.
Moderation management is not always easy to accomplish. We often think of moderation as a short-term task. However, managing moderation throughout recovery requires a long-term commitment. There are many benefits that moderation can bring to your recovery journey. You can manage your moderation by addressing your current needs and habits and determining the areas you are currently neglecting to attend to. Reviewing each of your chakras and the ways to improve them can help you implement appropriate practices to improve your state of balance. Learn about the different benefits that moderation can bring and how you can manage your moderation through your recovery journey. Reach out to Dream Recovery today at (657) 216-7218.