Abstract: Are you a recovering alcoholic? Trying to stay sober? You can learn to live a happier, healthier lifestyle, even if overcoming your addiction seems overwhelming. Joining online forums to get advice from others who've experienced the same things before can give you inspiration to continue. Relieve your stress through long walks, trying new hobbies, and making new friends. Make a bucket list and travel. The road to recovery is long and hard. Can you rise to the challenge?
So you've decided to give up alcohol for good to live a happier, healthier lifestyle. Good for you! Sometimes it can be tough to stay sober. If you feel overwhelmed, perhaps it's time you make some positive changes in your life. A new daily routine or more proactive perspective can do wonders. Here are six helpful tips to help you stay on track to sobriety.
It cannot be overstated how helpful support is when it comes from people who have been in the same places you have been. Joining an online forum is ideal because you can chat with folks whenever you want, provided you have an internet connection. You can make some new friends online. Look for an active forum with many members, then join. You won't regret it.
These people understand: they've been where you are. They’ve struggled with alcohol abuse and are perhaps still struggling with it. They’ve been to addiction treatment centers. They’re in the process of recovery themselves. Their experiences will likely be similar to yours, so they will have wisdom and comforting advice.
Take a long walk once or twice daily whenever the weather permits. Walks are good for your mind and body and help you think more clearly. It's also a relaxing ritual that adds stability and interest to your life. Be mindful as you walk. Don't dwell on the past or present; just think about what you see. What is the air quality like? Where are certain noises coming from? What colors do you see? Focusing like this is a good way to push out intrusive thoughts.
Nowadays it's possible to find clubs and meetups for all sorts of things - everything from square dancing to abstract painting. If you don't have any hobbies now, start some new ones. You won't know if you like it until you try it. Join some new social groups, learn new skills. Grow as a person. Contribute to your community. Become someone others admire.
Whether you go camping in a nearby forest, spend a night at a local inn or visit a country on the other side of the globe, it's good to move around and see new sights. Don't just sit around doing nothing. Get out there and live your life. Why sit at home when you can go anywhere you want? Traveling can help make your life feel more fulfilling and reduce your urge to relapse.
What do you want to accomplish with the rest of your life? Do you want to learn a new language, go bungee jumping or dig for fossils? Whatever your goals, actively work towards them. Don't just say, "Someday." Live an exciting and interesting life without alcohol.
Sobriety is great for your body, but it's important to take care of yourself in other ways as well. Be sure to eat nourishing, filling meals with good carbs and lots of vegetables. Calculate your BMI (body mass index) and see if you need to gain, lose or maintain weight. If you've never eaten a healthy diet before, you'll be amazed at how much it improves your state of mind.
There are many steps people take on the journey to recovery. It's important to experiment and find what works for you. Don't be too hard on yourself, but don't be too easy on yourself either. Aim for realistic progress. Alcohol addiction is a difficult thing to overcome, so stay strong always and rise to the challenge.
Claire Stewart is a freelance writer and blogger focused on writing about health, travel, and business among other topics. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's and currently lives in Seattle with her goldfish, Merlin. To learn more about overcoming addiction, visit here.