• ronleyarnold

This topic surfaced a couple of weeks ago during our Peer Support Meeting. The discussion was in setting realistic goals each day. The focus was making sure the goal was achievable. It didn’t matter how small the goal but it could be done. It might be getting up at a certain time. It might be to step outside for a short time. It might be having a shower to start your day, having a bubble bath or washing the dishes.

In this way the process begins to build self-worth and confidence. This leads to creating slivers of HOPE.

Quite awhile ago one of the members talked about creating positives by viewing things as half-full as opposed to half empty. This direction is what Peer Support is all about and the Road to Recovery.

What does this mean to you?

Peer Support Group Leader, Leigh

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  • ronleyarnold

On a personal reflection. I found occasionally I drifted on the ‘what if’ rather than recognizing what if is out of my control. Focusing on what if has no value. I can recall early in my policing career thinking of the what if and quickly realized I had no control over what might or could happen and I was wasting valuable energy. My best response was to accept I only had control of me and to put what if in my rear view mirror. To remain focused on the areas I actually had control of which was to accept I could control my own destiny and to only deal with what if only, when it became a reality. Then to take it as a challenge to be overcome. The saying ‘If its to be, it's up to me’ certainly applies.

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  • ronleyarnold



Signs of Recovery

I know that I am moving forward in my recovery when…

  • …I find myself questioning people who say I will not recover

  • …I become more aware of those things that I am good at.

  • …I know what I can handle and what I need to share with the professionals.

  • …I am able to set up safeguards for myself.

  • …I learn from my peers and get support from them.

  • …I see trouble coming before it arrives.

  • …I think I may have a chance.

  • …I know who and what’s not good for me.

  • …I realize what sets me off and stresses me out.

  • …I know how to work the system.

  • …I know when my behaviour is appropriate and inappropriate.

  • …I am able to hear “hope” from my peers – “Hang in there, its not forever”

  • …I know the difference in symptoms and stigma and am developing coping skills for each.

  • …I believe I can recover.

  • …I know when to leave a situation because it has given me all it can.

  • …I realize that my past life has value.

  • …I know when I need a special kind of help and seek it out.

  • …I know that sharing with peers helps put things in perspective.

The above is provided in order to see the importance of instilling HOPE in our daily lives and try to view things in positives.

Peer Support Group Leader, Leigh

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