When you are trying to get sober, the last thing you want to do is take more medications to cope with the stress of kicking addiction. There are a lot of great ways that you can calm your mind and body without any type of medication assistance. These activities can help you get through moments of anxiety, as well as cravings.
Most people think that meditation requires emptying your mind of everything, but that isn’t exactly necessary. You can meditate by simply allowing your thoughts to drift by, acknowledging them but not focusing in on them. This state is just as beneficial as emptying your mind as the yogis try to teach.
The best thing about meditation is that you can do it anywhere, anytime, and for however long you are able. If you can only grab five minutes to yourself in the employee bathroom, it’s enough time to meditate. Studies have shown time and time again that even five minutes of meditation can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and regulate breathing.
Yoga combines exercise through controlled movements and meditation into one practice. You’ll practice deep breathing and clearing your mind, or letting those thoughts flow, as you shift into varying positions that can actually tone muscle and improve flexibility and range of motion. Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety overall, even though you can’t do it at the drop of a hat.
Tai Chi is another great activity to take up when fighting addiction. Tai Chi is also made up of very slow, very deliberate movements. It is more exercise than yoga, but meditation and deep breathing still play a role. If you want a more active session, try some karate lessons. Both practices will also teach you discipline.
If you try these or other coping skills and you aren’t sure you can stay sober, we offer a variety of services, including sober housing. Contact us today for assistance.