Taking a break from life is important when you are in recovery from addiction. It is hard work navigating this new phase of the journey, mentally and physically. If you find yourself exhausted, try giving yourself a break with these tips.
3 Tips to Having Fun
Learn to Laugh
Laughing has the potential to bring you lots of positive energy and healing. Finding friends to laugh with, going out to a comedy show or watching funny movies is a great way to spend time doing sober activities in recovery. You deserve a break after all the hard work of putting one foot in front of the other for your recovery. It’s okay to laugh and not take life so seriously. There is even something called laughing yoga which helps build your body and mind by supporting your physical and mental health.
Your overall health is important which is why you might consider exercise and fitness. It might seem counterintuitive that exercise is taking a break but keep in mind it comes in all shapes and sizes. If you like to be active, you might participate in high energy exercise classes or take some time to join social clubs where you can do activities with like minded people. If you like lower key activities, you might enjoy trying your hand at meditative walking, yoga or even Thai Chi. There are many activities out there, the key is to find the one you like and use that as your go-to when you need a break.
Quality vs. Quantity
Don’t try to cram more into your schedule than you have time to do. This will make you feel more anxious and stressed in the long run. The goal of taking breaks is to implement them a little at a time throughout the day or week. Time with friends and family is important as a resource for taking a break from life for a short time. You don’t have to spend all your time with them or all your time doing an activity. In fact, it may become obsessive or excessive to spend time doing something too much. Work on incorporating it a little at a time into your schedule and take unscheduled ‘mental health’ breaks if you need release from stress.
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