After choosing to quit a drinking or drug habit, you will have to change a number of things in your life. By developing new habits in you will be able to ensure that you avoid boredom, one of the common causes for relapses, and focus on building a new life. New habits will help your mind focus on something else and with time, you will find that you may not struggle as much with the temptation of getting back to your old ways.
Below we will look at some of the new habits you can develop when recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
Get a Healthy Amount of Sleep
Sleep helps you rest and recharge your energy levels. When you get enough sleep, between 7-8 hours every day, you will wake up feeling energized. Sleeping for a significantly shorter period will leave you tired and make it hard to get through the day. Physical and mental stress is a recipe for disaster especially for recovering addicts.
Recovering addicts may sometimes think that it is better to remain isolated in a bid to heal and get better. However, this only leads to more stress as you feel lonelier. Being isolated from other people may even trigger feelings of guilt and lead you back to the very habit you are trying so hard to shake. Being active by engaging in activities such as walking around the neighborhood can do wonders for your mental and physical strength.
Get into New Interests
To ensure that you are active and avoid boredom at all costs, it is best to engage in new hobbies and activities that interest you. It is vital that you avoid going back to the same routine you had during your addiction as it will probably lead to a relapse.