Feelings are just visitors; let them come and go…and "let them come" means acknowledge them, lean in their direction, look into their eyes with kindness, be fully present with them…and then as they leave, smile to greet the next visitors.
Sobriety requires finding natural ways to be happy. Positivity is the key! Here are simple ways to hack into your happy chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, & Oxytocin. Remember drug addiction has reduced your capacity to produce these chemicals.
It is not selfish to refill your own cup. So that you can pour into others. It's not just a luxury. It's an essential. Remember to refill your cup so that you can be a blessing to others - It's essential!