Life on the inside and outside are two very different things. This new world will require changes in your life. We need this time to readjust, though it can vary from person to person. So what are some tips to readjusting to life at home after prison?
TAKE IT SLOW:
It cannot be stressed enough that readjusting is a process and that the time it takes to do so varies from one person to the next. You may feel that you need to have all the answers and to have a set plan in place. You don’t. Take things one day at a time until you’re comfortable enough to go forward.
A lot might have happened while you were incarcerated – take some time to get caught up before jumping back into life. As you adjust, here are some crucial things to keep in mind. What has your family been up to? Your kids, significant other, parents, siblings, friends and so on. Therefore, don’t be afraid to update them on your life as well. Anything that may have changed while you were on the inside. Get yourself up to speed with those who matter most to you.
AVOID PAST TRAPS:
We’re victims of our past. It is often way too easy to fall victim to it time and time again. Before you “get back out there,” into the real world, reflect on what went wrong before. Were you hanging around the wrong people? Do you know of any toxic relationships? Spending time in the wrong places? Ask yourself these questions and find out what your previous mistakes might have been. Learn from them and how to avoid them going forward.
This isn’t just an adjustment for you. Your family, friends, and other loved ones are adjusting to you being back as well. Likewise, be sure to talk to them about your mental health, what’s on your mind, and anything else that you feel you need to express. Don’t be afraid to ask them about their mindset and emotions too. It’s important you’re open with those around you because they’re trying to help you too.
There are tons of ways to receive support. Whether it’s from support groups or you friends and family at home. It may be hard at first, but when you’re ready, find the support you need. If you allow it, being able to express your emotions and receive help going forward can be the foundation to your future success.