Below are some thoughts to help keep you “in the moment” as you journey toward healthy sexuality and physical and emotional fitness. If you find yourself in a difficult situation or frame of mind, choose the thought that addresses your stumbling block. By keeping a “just for today” mindset, you will be better equipped to focus on what is right in front of you rather than dwelling on what happened in the past, even if that was last week. Feel free to add your own “just for today’s” to this list:
- I will focus an hour at a time if that’s what it takes to control my compulsions.
- I will view my new plan for physical and emotional fitness as something that I am doing for myself rather than as something that is being done to me.
- I will check in with my sponsor and share my feelings about today.
- I will think about moving my body off the couch and doing something physical. Even if I dislike “exercise,” I can take a walk or work in the garden, play ball with my kids.
- I will call a friend or find a way to help others instead of feeling sorry for myself.
- I will count blessings rather than past sins.
- I will make a list of the things that are right with the world as opposed to the global “reasons” I have to be unhappy or fearful.
- I will treat my journal as an understanding, compassionate and guiding friend and not a “bartender” who is supposed to absorb my tale of woe.
- I’ll give myself a break if I “slip” and go right back on my sexual recovery plan. A slip does not have to mean failure. If I give in to the “I slipped so I might as well go back to old habits” mindset, it is a recipe for failure, and I’m stronger than that.
- I’ll have gratitude for the support of friends and family. They are about my wellbeing, and I’m thankful for that.
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