Why don’t you try? : Find a new focus, away from addiction
If you’re a recovering alcoholic & whether you’re early in your recovery or have many years of sobriety under your belt & cravings are likely going to be a part of your experience. Cravings aren’t easy. In fact, for some, it may be hard to identify a craving, especially for those who are new to sobriety. If you’re used to drinking or using drugs the moment you have a yearning for them, it may be hard to say no to cravings when they show up. Discovering an effective distraction from cravings can be a challenge.
Finding A Distraction From Cravings
There are ways to manage those cravings so that they don’t get the best of you. One way is to simply distract yourself. In other words, you may suddenly have the urge to drink, but instead of acting on that urge, you decide to do something else. And when you engage in another activity, you take your mind off the craving. Distracting yourself to manage your cravings is like peeling your attention away from the craving and gluing your attention to something else.
Use Activities And Staying Occupied
Here is a list of activities that can become a part of your distraction toolbox when a craving appears:
- Watch a movie.
- Chew on some gum.
- Listen to music.
- Get creative.
- Watch TV.
- Start writing in your journal.
- Play a game.
- Have a snack.
But one of the best ways to deal with cravings is by talking to someone you love or are friends with. For some, this also involves connecting with a higher power through prayer or meditation. It’s lead some individuals into practicing yoga where they gain both spiritual support and group support when they are involved in a class.
Sometimes creating a list of all the wonderful things you’d like to do & visit France, go skydiving, or become a public speaker & can help. Volunteering at a local public service agency is another way to stay occupied as is cleaning your house or apartment. Don’t feel guilty about surfing the Internet for sobriety sites and find some inspiration. Engage your intellectual mind through reading or writing. Challenge yourself to learn a craft or skill you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t, like playing the guitar.
Whether it’s diving into your work life and letting your achievements motivate you or allowing the craving to exist but resist answering its call, you can find ways to occupy yourself. However, it’s important to examine what might have led to the craving & a thought, a mood, a feeling. Then challenge yourself to shift that mood, feeling, or thought each time you experience it.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Take up a new hobby such as gardening or form of exercise such as jogging to distract yourself from your addiction and give you something else to focus on. , Take steps to overcome your addiction by seeking help from your GP or a dedicated organisation,
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