Whether you’re a risk-taker, creative spirit, or a bookworm — you have traits that make you different than others. Sometimes, these traits may stand out in ways that don’t exactly conform. Because of this, many individuals cover up the elements of their personalities that make them unique in an attempt to fit in.
Hiding one’s true self can cause a person to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. This discomfort can lead to feelings of low self-esteem, which is closely linked to addiction.
Alternatively, finding your inner spark, embodying your authenticity, and chasing what makes you feel most alive, can be vital not only for a fulfilling recovery, but a meaningful life as well.
Here are our tips for embracing what makes you different.
1. Recognize your uniqueness. Take time to reflect on what makes you, you. Consider what makes you feel most purposeful, joyful, and alive. Now, brainstorm ways to let your authenticity shine through.
2. Be courageous. Going against the mold requires courage. So, while you’re charting your own path, expect to face your fears. With every fear you face, you become more courageous.
3. Practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself as you try new things, push yourself out of your comfort zone, and take on new challenges. Acknowledge your humanity, learn from any mistakes, and celebrate your victories.
Uncover Your Strengths in Addiction Treatment
Embracing what makes you different can open up opportunities, foster inspiration, and even provide you with a foundation to make a difference. At Wasatch Crest, we encourage you to pursue your skills, interests, and passions and guide you in developing them in a way that adds meaning to your life. Get in touch to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.