Importance of Gratitude and Humility in Recovery
There is so much to be gained from such a small shift in the way we think and behave. Embracing the qualities of gratitude and humility can create a profound impact on our ability to recover from eating disorders, and can help alleviate some of the suffering we face in the process. Being grateful for who we are and what we have, and sometimes even looking at our struggles with eating disorders and realizing that they are in some ways a blessing as they allow us to overcome a serious obstacle in our lives and become stronger and more resilient as a result. Adopting a sense of humility allows us to realize that our eating disorders are sometimes out of our control and that we need to seek the help and support of others. This realization is often made when we are humbled by our powerless to control our issues with eating and be the turning point in our recovery.
“Gratitude and humility allow us to accept that there will be ups and downs in our recovery and to be grateful for the progress that we have made.”
Fostering a sense of gratitude in recovery helps reframe negative beliefs and allows us to replace them with healthy and happy thought patterns that can help guide us to make healthier choices in our lives and motivates us to overcome our biggest challenges with disordered eating.
What is Gratitude and How You Can Apply it to Your Recovery
Gratitude is a powerful emotion to feel, but sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint its exact meaning and how it can transform your life. Simply put, gratitude is appreciating what you have received in your life. The act of being grateful is an acknowledgment of what is good in your life—whether they are large or small. Gratitude not only extends to the material things you receive in life; it also extends to the deeper and more profoundly spiritual blessings you receive.
“Gratitude changes the way you view the world. It allows you to meet the day with a positive can-do attitude. You are truly thankful for being given the opportunity to turn negatives into positives and looking at situations as opportunities to grow. Ultimately, you gain inner strength and peace—and your self-esteem grows in a healthy manner.”
There are several ways you can practice gratitude. First and foremost, focus on the ways you can grow and not on the limitations that you place on yourself. You can also practice gratitude by focusing on the simple things in your daily life. What makes your day great? In what ways is recovery a blessing? Additionally, you can practice journaling and write down what you are grateful for each day—no matter how small or seemingly trivial. You can also extend gratitude by volunteering, mentoring, or becoming a sponsor to someone new to recovery.
What is Humility and How Can You Apply it to Your Recovery
Humility can be defined as being modest and respectful to yourself and towards others. It is important to understand that being humble does not mean weakness. Weakness implies that you don’t have the strength to move forward in the face of obstacles. For those who are weak, they blame others and have and play the victim when in reality they are solely responsible for themselves. In recovery, you are far from weak.
“Humility is the ability to admit your imperfections and weaknesses to yourself and others and not being afraid to ask for help or support. You realize that you have the power to change how you view and approach your life—and that creates a huge sense of empowerment and confidence.”
Additionally, people who practice humility have the ability to be assertive without disrespecting others. There are several ways you can make humility a part of your daily practice. One way is to stop comparing yourself to others and focus on what makes you unique. Secondly, keep an open mind and understand that every day provides new opportunities to learn and grow. Another great way to incorporate humility in your daily life is by doing of kindness for others. Examples include paying for a stranger’s lunch or helping an elderly person across the street. Finding ways to connect with people fosters a deeper sense of humility.
Take Your Recovery to the Next Level
There are many tools and resources available to you in order to help you achieve long-term recovery. Gratitude and humility are arguably the most powerful. The best thing about gratitude and humility is that you can easily cultivate them from within. Are you ready to take your recovery to the next level? Incorporate gratitude and recovery into your individual recovery program.
It is your time to shine!
About the Author: ROBERT TROPP
Robert Tropp is a functional nutrition practitioner whose primary focus is substance abuse and mental health disorders. Robert used functional medicine to help heal his mind and body, and now uses the lessons he learned in his journey to wellness to help others struggling to regain their mental and physical well-being. Robert is an advocate for the importance of nutrition in addiction recovery and works as the health and wellness director at Nuview Treatment Center in Marina Del Rey, CA.