Starting Over Fresh Is Better Than Living In The Dark
Starting Fresh Is Better Than Living In The Dark

Starting fresh doesn’t mean you’re back to square one. You’ve gained so much – so while it may feel like a setback, it’s not. You have more knowledge and experience to keep yourself afloat. Don’t let yourself stress over the clean page; it’s much better than living in the dark. Here are three ways to find the motivation and courage to begin again.

Don’t Think About Starting Fresh

Sounds weird, right? Starting over can be daunting. Whether you’re returning to recovery or are taking steps towards life after an abusive relationship, there’s no doubt that there will be something out there that will worry you. The unknown can be frightening. But if you just dive in to your new beginning without overthinking it, getting started can be that much easier.

Find A Friend

No matter where we are, or the journey we’re on, it’s important to surround ourselves with true and trusted friends. Things are usually easier when you have someone to go to when you’re troubled. Maybe this person can be from a meeting, or you’ve known your best friend since kindergarten and they’ve been by your side for everything. If they’re a positive influence in your life, you don’t have to leave them behind because you’re starting over. Take their hand and start this journey together.

Start Fresh With Some New Routines

It can feel nearly impossible to start over when you’re stuck in your old routines. Something about them made you feel like starting over, so why continue them? Switch things up a bit: find a new route to work; set up a “coffee date” with a friend once a week; take up a new hobby like kickboxing classes or painting; visit the library if you feel lonely. Even just changing your morning routine can help get you started. Instead of brushing your hair before you make breakfast, make breakfast, then brush your hair. Switch the little things up before making the bigger changes.

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Haley Laferney
Haley Laferney is the Graphic Designer at Reach Out Recovery and a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. She is also a gold and silver ADDY award winner.

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