Have you experienced the stronghold of addiction?
It may surprise you to learn that over half of Americans know someone who’s addicted to drugs. If you’re struggling, then you’re far from alone.
Recovering from an addiction is a long and challenging process. Cultivating positive daily habits is one of the proven ways to help. Want to know more? Keep reading to learn about the top five habits you should adopt today.
1. Replenish Your Body
If you recently gave up the habit, then you’re likely going through withdrawal. Regardless of whether you’ve completely stopped yet, you need to replenish your body. How?
Boost your recovery daily by fueling your body with the right foods.
Skip the fast food, and start developing a new cooking habit. That way, you’re accomplishing several goals at once!
2. Release Endorphins the Natural Way
I know you’ve heard that exercise is one of those healthy habits you should develop. But, I also know how difficult it is to accept such a simplistic answer to your problems.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. This chemical is the same chemical released when you indulge in your addictive habit.
So, replacing your addiction with exercise is one natural way to alter your mindset. Once it becomes a habit, your mind and body will look forward to your daily exercise routine more than your vice.
What does it take to get there?
Persistence and consistency are key. Start small, but make it a point to do a short exercise each day.
3. Find New Hobbies
An important step in addiction recovery is finding new hobbies to fill your time. Here are a few of the activities Pathways suggests:
- Outings with friends
- Weight lifting
Your hobby doesn’t have to be unique. Binge-watching your favorite TV show is still better than succumbing to addiction.
4. Positive Daily Habits to Adopt: Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment. Meditation involves deep breathing and concentration. Experts believe these practices curb addiction by:
- Helping the person slow down
- Stopping negative thoughts
- Brings attention to positive sensory experiences
- Helping you contemplate on your own reactions and behaviors
These habits may seem unnatural at first, but you’ll look forward to your sessions over time.
5. Practice Self-Care
One of the most important habits to adopt is practicing self-care daily. Do certain people or environments make you feel uneasy? Avoid them! Would you rather stay at home and watch TV? Indulge!
Self-care means focusing on your own well-being. Focus on what makes you feel good (outside of your vice) and build on that.
Recovery For Life
Developing these five positive daily habits will help you stay clean. How? They all work together to improve your physical, social, and mental health. You’ll start to feel better each day you incorporate these habits.
Addiction recovery is a life-long process, so don’t give up!
Are you looking for more tips and information to help you stay sober? Check out our list of great support groups to join.