How to Be Grateful in Recovery

How to Be Grateful in RecoveryThe great English writer G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

Wow! What a reminder! There’s no doubt that one should give thanks more often. Time is set aside for being grateful at mealtimes, Sunday mornings, and Thanksgiving. But a person in recovery from addiction should not let an hour go by without giving thanks . . . for work, school, kids, health, spouse, friends, blessings, and even challenges. (more…)

10 Tips for Managing Depression

10 Tips for Managing Depression

  1. Do not expect too much too soon.
    This will only accentuate feelings of failure. And avoid setting difficult goals, or taking on ambitious new responsibilities, until a structured treatment process has begun.
  2. Break large tasks into small ones.
    Set some priorities. Do what can be done—when it can be done.
  3. Recognize patterns in mood.
    Like many people with depression, the worst part of the day may be the morning. Try to arrange the schedule accordingly so that the demands are the least in the morning. For example, shift meetings to midday or the afternoon.
  4. Participate in activities that may make one feel better. (more…)