Addiction is a tough egg to crack. Studies have shown that addiction tends to be more mental than a choice, which means that you are in need of mental health. That starts with addiction treatment, followed by therapy. Whether you’re trying to get clean for the first time, or you’re attempting to avoid a relapse, you want to also find things that you can do on your own time to help you keep your mind clear and focused on something other than your addiction.
Music is a magnificent thing and not only is it healing, but it is also a great way to build intelligence. Studies have been done that have shown that people who play a musical instrument are more intelligent than those who do not. Not only will learning an instrument help you find something new and positive to focus on, it will also be giving your brain a good workout.
Pick the right instrument for you. Some are more difficult than others, and you can always start with something easy and move up from there. There are all kinds of options, and it’s likely there is someone within driving distance that does lessons.
Creating art and getting into crafting are both excellent ways to distract you from addictions, and you might even find yourself with a healthy addiction to something like knitting or drawing. Like playing an instrument, there are all sorts of arts and crafting types to chose from.
You could opt to do more than one thing. Learn to crochet and start taking photos. Get yourself a sketchbook and start drawing, but also write poetry to go with your drawing. Anytime you start to feel weak, pick up that project and focus on it instead.
Unfortunately, some people have died after playing video games for too long, making them an addiction in their own right. However, if you enjoy playing video games and can keep yourself on a regular schedule with them, they can be a good distraction.
Video games aren’t the only options. Board games can be fun and distracting as well. With new style games like Pokemon Go, you also have a way to get up and get out of the house, meet new people that enjoy this game, and get a little healthy exercise.
Yoga And Meditation
Fitness is another thing that can help you beat addiction. You may want to start with something like yoga that aligns your mind, body, and soul, strengthening your body and your mind. You can do yoga almost anywhere.
Meditation is also a good habit to start. You can meditate for ten minutes in the morning and then another ten before you go to bed. It allows you to clear your mind and get focused, as well as relaxing you. Find guided meditations on YouTube to help you focus on specific goals.