I think self-talk works wonders - and I strongly believe in a mind-body connection. Sometimes we need to speak 'out loud' our goals and thoughts so that we hear again and again what they are. I also believe in a body - mind connection, i.e., when I feel 'down' or 'sluggish', I make sure my Iron is good because I tend to be anemic. The thing is - my BODY told my mind something is amiss - make sense?
Good for you!! You are FINALLY nuturing yourself! Its soo much easier to punish ourselves because thats what our addiction brought us to. When we get clarity of thought, its wonderful almost spiritual! We can change soo much. A huge part of recovery is learning to change our thinking, be kinder and gentler to ourselves. But its not exclusive to mind over matter/self-talk. A big component is letting go. Letting go of people, places and things that kept us using. Letting go of things we can't change right now. Letting go of our drug of choice. Its about forgiveness, clarity and yes, our attitude. How wonderful you are experiencing these things! THAT is truly what recovery is. As an addict in recovery, nothing makes me happier than to see someone who "gets" it! You Go!
Absolutely. You do have to be careful not to offend the subconscious and remember it's like a slow child. It takes a WHILE for things to get through to it and it to register and formulate a response, usually a nasty, childish, immature one!.