If there is one thing we can be sure of in life, it is change. It often feels uncomfortable and scary to let go of what is familiar and safe and venture into the unknown.
At Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic, we are dedicated to helping women find the courage to embrace change – even when it feels difficult. Through growth comes healing and transformation, and the discomfort of change can be an impetus for growth in addiction recovery.
The Fear of Change and Why it’s Natural
Change can be scary because it represents the unknown. We may worry that we won’t be able to handle the new situation or that we’ll end up taking two steps back. We don’t know what will come of our efforts, which can be anxiety-provoking.
It’s natural to feel afraid of change, despite it being a natural part of life. But without it, we would never progress or develop as individuals.
The fear of change can be even more intense regarding something as personal and critical as addiction recovery. Moreover, addiction recovery is self-development at its core. We need to be willing to change our thoughts, behaviours, and patterns to heal and grow. Though this process can be demanding and uncomfortable, the beauty of experiencing discomfort is that it signifies growth.
How Embracing Discomfort Can Lead to Growth and Personal Development
Discomfort is a natural part of change. It’s how we know we’re out of our comfort zone and growing as individuals.
When we’re outside of our comfort zones, we’re forced to stretch and grow. We learn new things about ourselves and the world around us. And we develop skills that we would never have otherwise.
There is comfort in the familiar, even if the familiar isn’t necessarily good for us. But as we embrace the unfamiliar, we become more resilient and adaptable and find new strength within ourselves. When we’re willing to feel the discomfort, it opens up the possibility for transformation, leading to growth in addiction recovery.
Tips to Remember About Embracing Change and Feeling Uncomfortable
- Recovery is a journey, and there will be times when it feels like you’re not making any progress. But try not to overthink it; as long you’re still trying and moving forward, you’re on the right track.
- Take time to reflect on your past and how you’ve grown. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem, and be patient and compassionate with yourself as you continue this journey.
- Challenge yourself to see the opportunity in every experience. The things you consider your worst moments, choices, or setbacks are the sources of transformative growth and wisdom.
- Just as change is the essence of recovery, support it as the root of change. From encouragement for embracing change to reassurance through the discomfort, don’t be afraid to seek support for all of it.
At Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic, we understand that change can be difficult. But we also know that it’s vital for growth and recovery. Our team is here to support you every step of the way as you embrace change and find healing and transformation. Visit our website or call us today to learn more about our programs and how we can support you on your journey.