There are negative and positive emotions one experiences in life, being able to recognize these and make actions based off of one’s positive emotional states is a skill in and of themselves. For a stability in life one should have a healthy body and a good selection of abilities, big or small, one can use to attain a positive emotional state and lead a successful life.
Life Skills in Recovery
When one is dealing with addiction or is in recovery from addiction, life skills can be an excellent asset and resource to utilize in being able to take on life to the fullest and stay clean and emotionally stable.
There are many programs one can find and participate in to enhance one’s life skills and abilities. Today, there are tools offered in all kinds of areas from all different types of groups and one should thoroughly look over different options to find what best suits his or her needs and desires and what seems most logical and accurate to them.
There are life skills available in household care that one could utilize to better improve one’s home living standards and make life easier and more organized in general.
Some of these home skills could include:
- Kitchen care
Such skills can make life at home more pleasant and keep one busy and in the here and now. It gives one time to gather one’s thoughts, and it allows a space for living where one can feel good and able to do other things in one’s life, and not feel disrupted or agitated from messy living or a disorganized lifestyle.
Another important part of life that one might want to take a class in, which gives them the skill to organize their finances, and set themselves up for better control of their monies and improve income flow chances is that of personal finance.
Some of these financial skills could include:
- Balancing a checkbook
- Paying Bills
- How to save money
- How to open a bank account
- Different bank account options
- Managing debts
- Personal accounting
There are social and relationship skills. This can include communication or learning how to repair broken relationships, or how to build a successful relationship.
This is valuable for personal relationships such as with a family member, a friend, or a girlfriend or boyfriend, but can also be helpful for getting a job, or with coworkers, and more.
Relationship skill courses one could find might go over:
- Communication skills
- Improving relationships
- Personal values course
- Building a successful relationship
- Professional relationships
- Integrity and honesty tools
- Social Skills
- Ups and downs in life courses
Healthy Eating and Nutrition
A key skill set for maintaining emotional calmness and poise is that which pertains to food. Knowing what healthy food is, which foods contain which nutrients, what different vitamins and minerals your body and mind needs and what they do for them, and also, how to prepare food for yourself which would include how to cook.
Some studies and classes you might want to take regarding food could include:
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Food types
- Nutrients of food
- Preparing food
Physical and Emotional Benefits
It is important to know how to care for oneself physically and emotionally, besides of course the necessary and beneficial aspect of healthy eating there are other skill sets one should know to maintain one’s physical well being.
Some other physical health benefits one could learn about are:
- Cardio exercise
- Strength exercise
- Endurance exercise
- Personal grooming
- Personal hygiene
- Detoxification for overall health
- Skincare routines
- Dental care
Job skills are necessary for finding and maintaining a job which can support one financially and help one to be fiscally stable and secure. A feeling of pride comes with a job well done and a sense of self-respect and a renewed energy from working hard at something, not to mention the new skills and abilities which are gained from working any type of job.
Some job skills are:
- Resume writing
- Interview skills
- Job finding
- How to keep a job
- The meaning of hard work
- Fair exchange
- Working with others
- Organizational skills
- An ability to help
Finding constructive pastimes to become active in can be highly beneficial to staying focused and can give one inspiration and motivation in life. One can experience a wide emotional range from arts or other constructive activities and they can provide a positive outlet for emotion as well as a way to focus that emotional energy into something uplifting.
One can learn a lot of life skills just from participation in a constructive activity alone, these skills can also boost confidence, provide an outlet or escape, they can teach one dedication or the sense of achieving goals. A hobby could even turn into a career path or a passion for a person.
Hobbies and constructive activities could be:
- Learning the history of music
- Learning to play an instrument
- Creating music
- Animal care
- Nature activities
- Food connoisseur
There is so much to learn in life, there are so many things to gain out of living a sober life, and there are infinite skills one can try to undertake, all of which are supportive of a full and productive life. There are many types of tools one could use from various life improvement courses which can give one the necessary skills one needs to get through life and live it well.
Recovery from Addiction
Dealing with addiction is much harder and tougher than after one has become clean. When one is sober one can then adjust his or her life so that he or she stays sober for life. One can focus on their recovery from addiction, and the next step would be leading one’s life as one would wish to see themselves. Then one can begin setting and achieving one’s goals with the help of their life improvement courses, classes on home and financial management, physical health and nutrition and other life skills now learned.
Having gone down the destructive and scary road of addiction, and through the tough and arduous road to recovery, one is now at the peak where he or she can choose a new path and find a mountain to climb with goals and a life of meaning and purpose. It is vital one sticks to his or her integrity and personal codes of ethics to take that hike upwards and stick to it.
One who has recovered from addiction can now not only grow as a person, but repair relationships that they feel should be repaired, form new friendships, engage in group, religious, or community activities, and is now a contributing member to society who can feel good about themselves, their family, and their actions in life.
A New Start
Now one can pursue new endeavors and find things out about life one wasn’t even striving to learn before, and one can begin a new start with fresh eyes and a present mind and find activities which have meaning and which provide some sort of fulfillment to them.
The hard part is now over, you should rejoice and plan the next part of your journey, the journey of a constructive life, one which you feel good about and in which you can expand as a person with your own unique capabilities.
The life skills that you now have should help you to succeed, you can begin to encourage yourself, and to enjoy life, possibly for the first time.