Filling your time while you’re working on overcoming an addiction is essential. It’s what’s going to help you fight those cravings and make you feel like you’re doing something that matters. Boredom is a big problem for those in recovery, but so is loneliness. For this reason, finding something that works for you and your interests can make a huge difference in how you see your recovery journey.
The problem is, many people don’t know what they should really be looking for when they search for something to help them fill up all their extra time. These tips might help you when you’re looking for constructive ways to fill all the gaps in time that you have now.
- Get into meditation. Meditation is not only good for eating up a few minutes of the day, it can also be a really wonderful way to help you decompress and soothe stress. As you get better at it, you might find that as much as a half hour goes by where you didn’t have any cravings or urges to use or drink at all.
- Yoga, anyone? Yoga is a really wonderful overall healthy activity because it helps you to focus, build strength, flexibility, and although it’s not an aerobic activity, it can leave you feeling like you just ran a marathon (in a good way). Plus, it can help to ease sore muscles and reduce the tension that often comes with the stress of recovery.
- Get involved. You will probably have some kind of job, but what about getting involved in community activities while you’re not working? It can help you to build friendships, feel like what you’re doing matters, and even keep you busy enough to avoid relapsing. If you’re not sure that just any activity will do, consider joining some recovering groups that you can get involved with.
- Go to meetings. Yes, this one seems like it’s just more therapy and treatment, but going to meetings can actually be a way for you to socialize and feel connected. It can be hard to be the only one overcoming an addiction. Meetings help you connect with like-minded people.
Often, before you even consider filling your time, you need to be working on overcoming your addiction. This is where a holistic rehab might just be what you need to get you started living a healthy, happy recovery journey. Give us a call and let us help you find the right addiction treatment program for your needs.