Why Monitoring Helps: Monitoring is like tangible accountability, an anchor, if you will. Anchors are reminders to make conscious choices instead of defaulting to go-to responses or the destructive habits of the past. Typically, they are things in your physical environment that prompt you to move in the direction of the change in habit that you are trying to make permanent. Often they take the form of screen savers, inspirational quotes, and journaling; they provide the feedback of progress.
What Is An Anchor
Like weigh-ins and check-ups, anchors keep you present to what is real for you right now. They help you to move toward and take responsibility for how you show up in life. Anchors are place keepers; they don’t permit back-sliding or relapse because they are of your design. They root you in the present, giving you the firm foundation and the power to create your next step. After the new habit is anchored, like a rung on a ladder, momentum is achieved in the direction of recovery.
It Makes You Proud
Imagine checking in daily with what’s going well instead of focusing on what’s not going well, what has you feeling stopped or stuck, or beating yourself up over what went wrong in the past. Imagine having the opportunity to focus on something that you’re proud of having tried or accomplished no matter how small the acknowledgment. It’s not about evaluating, but simply recognizing yourself for getting to where you are now. Using monitoring to help you focus on what is going well motivates and inspires you to continue making choices that support your recovery.
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Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Elizabeth Viszt