If you are an addict or alcoholic, you are probably well aware of how fast the gears in your head can turn. It can be exhausting and it can also threaten your sobriety. Overthinking can cause unwarranted stress, anxiety, and depression. When the wheels start turning, try employing a few methods to ease the burdens of the day and set yourself up for a more restful night. Below are activities, exercises, and distractions to settle and ground yourself:
- Sweat It Out – Exercise is a weapon against anxiety, depression, relapse, weight gain—you name it. Get out, work out, and release those feel-good endorphins that we love so much.
- Read – Whether it’s a book or a magazine, reading will force your brain to turn a different corner and let you focus on the task at hand. Plus, your imagination can wander into a whole different world.
- Write – Whatever is on your mind, get it out by putting it on paper. This also helps prevent the circular cycle of overthinking the same thing.
- Practice Mindfulness – As author Eckhart Tolle says, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.” Stay in the now and stop future-tripping.
- Just Breathe – Breathing exercises are surprisingly successful at reducing anxiety. Take it in through your nose and out through your mouth, focusing on the cool air brushing your nostrils.
- Love On Your Dog or Cat – Pet therapy is an effective way to ease tension, pull you away from your thoughts, and help you focus on the goodness in life.
- Focus on Gratitude – When we feel overwhelmed, it is easy to forget the things that we are truly appreciative of in our lives. Write a gratitude list, even if it’s taking the time to write down just three things you are grateful for each day.
- Practice Self-Compassion – If you catch yourself doling out harsh criticism to yourself, replace it with peace, understanding, and sweetness. You are your worst critic, and you would never say the things you tell yourself to your best friend. Love yourself, and know that you are doing the best you can.
If you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. Sobriety is an entirely different and beautiful life that can be yours if you want it. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. You can do this. Recovery is possible, call now.