We have posted a number of articles on alcohol consumption and by now most of our readers are familiar with the fact that alcohol is commonly used as an antidepressant however, in many occasions, it ends up leading to addiction.
The treatment for addiction is visiting a rehab facility where different treatment regimens will be prescribed depending on the severity of your addiction. However, once through with rehab, it is important to identify activities to occupy you, to fill up the time you used to spend drinking.
Here are four healthy ways to keep your mind off alcohol.
1. Consider meditation: This is a century-old practice meant to relieve stress, anxiety as well as depression. The ability through meditation to reduce your blood pressure and alleviate pain, and ultimately get you to a state of complete relaxation and calmness cannot be overstated. Your counsellor will often recommend meditationas a replacement of the alcohol because it gives you an opportunity to focus your time and attention inward, therefore enhancing your self-awareness.
2. Consider regular exercise: Exercise has time and time again proven to be the best outlet for your stressors yet still benefiting your body both physically and mentally. It is recommended for you to replace your drinking time with fun exercises such as dancing and swimming, and any other exercise you consider fun. This will give you an opportunity not only of building your body physically and mentally but also emotionally.
3. Consider spending more time with friends and family: This is something that many people overlook. Humans are social creatures therefore they crave socialization. As a way to replace your drinking time, you can strive to spend more of your time with family and friends, of course doing activities that do not involve alcohol. If your friends and family know that you are in recovery, they will support you in this.
4. Try to discover new hobbies: Some counsellors will prescribe art and other activities as part of your treatment regimen during your rehab therefore, it would be good to consider practicing such activities post rehab and even turning them into hobbies. They may end up being fun hobbies you enjoy doing and a good healthy replacement to the drinking. Be sure to try out a number of activities till you find the most suiting for you.
It helps if you can find a partner or partners to do some of these activities with because they will help in encouraging you and motivating you to continue practicing them diligently and maintaining your sobriety.
We are interested in exploring other available healthy activities therefore we welcome you to share any ideas you may have that have been tried and tested.