Addiction is a dirty word. It’s negative. It’s ugly. It’s shameful. No one wants to admit that they have an addiction. And no one wants others to find out. Addiction recovery is challenging. Here are 7 habits to support your addiction recovery…
- Stay Active
Exercise. Workout at a gym. Go for a walk or a jog. Go hiking. Stay active. Exercise has many benefits. It’s great for managing stress. It sparks creativity. It’s great for managing depression. And it has many long-term health benefits.
- Practice Mindfulness Meditation
It’s reduces stress, increases your attention span, improves your cognition and helps you sleep better. It helps you recognize negative thought patterns you’re often unaware of. To get started do an online search for “guided meditation” or “guided mindfulness meditation“.
- Limit Your Media Consumption (TV, News, Social Media)
People eat junk food while watching TV. They feel like shit after checking the news. And they feel like failures after checking Facebook. Be aware of how much time you spend consuming “junk” media. You don’t have to give it up completely. But limit your consumption. And notice how you feel after consuming it.
- Go Out and Socialize
Don’t spend a lot of your free time at home. Go out and interact with others. Addiction is often a way to cope with loneliness and isolation. Use sites like meetup.com and Eventbrite to find local events.
- Keep Learning and Growing
You must keep learning and growing to avoid slipping back into your addiction. Read books (free ebooks). Sign up for online courses (free courses from top universities). Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. Face some of your fears.
- Help Others
Do random acts of kindness (here are some ideas). Volunteer for a nonprofit (find volunteer work here). Help those who are less fortunate than you. It will help you get out of your head. It will give you some perspective. And helping others will leave you feeling great.
- Stay Busy
Fill up your free time with engaging activities. Have a list of things you can do when you’re bored. Find a new hobby or two (100 cheap hobbies). Come up with some new goals to pursue. Stay busy. Having a lot of free time is a sure way to slip back into your addiction.