Everyone has had bad days in their recovery where they feel down, hopeless, and like they can’t continue. These days can feel debilitating and as though life is out to get you. However, while bad days are unpleasant, they are crucial to your recovery because they build your strength. The good days will motivate you to keep going in your recovery because you know you can do it, but the bad days will remind you that you are strong enough to keep going even in the face of adversity.
You Can Survive Your Worst of Days
Perhaps one of the hardest but also the most important lessons of bad days is that they teach you survival. They teach you that even when you feel knocked off your feet, you can get back up and keep going. Bad days can occur due to bad news, sickness, losing a friend, or out of nowhere. Sometimes you wake up and today is just not your day, and that’s okay. Your worst days will only last 24 hours, and the next day you can try again. So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days, and you will survive many more.
You Won’t Know Good Without the Bad
No one likes bad days, but they do teach you the importance of good days. Without having your low points, you wouldn’t appreciate what the good days bring. When a storm comes in and rains on you, there’s no better feeling than when the clouds break and the sun starts to shine. Bad days are temporary. When you have bad days, you can see the difference in the good days and better appreciate the days that your sun is shining.
You Learn More About Yourself
Bad days have a funny way of helping you get to know yourself better. They force you to find your ways of coping. In recovery, you learn various coping mechanisms to use when you have bad days, are struggling with triggers, or have a mental health relapse. Some coping methods that work for others may not work for you. Bad days teach you which ones work for you, and from there, you can begin to engage more to pick yourself back up.
No one asks to have a bad day. They are filled with unpleasantness and can make you feel weighed down by the weight of the world. However, bad days are necessary for recovery because of the lessons they teach. Without bad days, you wouldn’t know that you are capable of surviving even your worst thoughts. Bad days teach you that you can pick yourself back up even on the days when you feel like you can’t get out of bed. You also learn the importance and joy of the good days because you see the contrast. You can also learn more about yourself and what coping methods work best for you, which is crucial to your recovery. At Alta Loma, we know that our clients will have their bad days, but we encourage them to rise back up and keep pushing. Life is not always fair, but how you react and cope with its obstacles will shape your future. To learn more about coping with bad days and how they are essential for recovery, call us today at (866) 457-3843.