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The Importance of Recognizing Progress

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The journey toward healing is a lifelong, continual process that takes effort, consistency, and a desire to keep pushing forward. During this journey, it’s important to take the time to remember how much progress you’ve made and celebrate the small wins that you’ve been able to accomplish along the way.

Celebrating the small victories and reminding yourself how far you’ve come

Society has conditioned us to constantly be striving for the next milestone, goal, promotion, or achievement, and because this external validation has become such an integral part of how people function, it can be easy to forget to celebrate each small victory when it comes. Because internal motivation and validation can be such a huge part of any healing journey, it’s especially important to acknowledge all the small victories and celebrate yourself.

The first step in celebrating your small victories is learning how to measure progress. Just because you haven’t reached the destination you are trying to get to doesn’t mean you haven’t made any progress. Repairing a relationship is progress, facing a trigger without relapse is progress, feeling better physically is progress, a daily routine is progress, and setting a realistic goal is progress.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or experiencing negative emotions associated with your recovery, take a moment to acknowledge all the work and commitment it has taken you to get to this point. Celebrate the fact that you identified a problem in yourself that needed work and that you took the steps to get help and improve your life. This feat is a huge accomplishment and is something to reflect on often.

If you need guidance on how to work on celebrating your progress, there are many strategies you can try. You can start a journal that highlights when you reach milestones and accomplish small wins. This will allow you to describe in detail where you are now and see how it compares to where you are in a year. If you’re more of a tactile person, try creating a memory jar. Each time you feel like you have accomplished a win, write it down on a sticky note and put it into the jar. When you feel like you need internal validation about your journey, you can take out all the notes you’ve written and see how far you’ve come. Lastly, talk about your wins with trusted people. Communicating your progress will allow others to share in the joy of your victories with you.

Journey Home East can help

Journey Home East is a transitional program designed to help young women ages 16-21 who have previously completed intensive treatment at a therapeutic program. We provide key supportive interventions in a home-like setting that will allow you to make a successful transition from a highly structured treatment program into a real-world setting.

Guided by our five core principles of responsibility, education, life skills, healthy living, and social integration, our passionate staff provides various types of interventions including group, individual, and family support. Based on structure, support, and mentoring, young women emerge from Journey Home East emotionally and intellectually equipped to navigate young adult life. For more information please call (828) 408-0767.