Addiction is a condition that can keep a person constantly on the move. Even if they aren’t physically in motion, their mind may be going a mile a minute trying to figure out how, where, and when they’ll next have a chance to use. At our residential treatment in Sacramento, we encourage the people we work with to slow down and get more enjoyment from life.
Accelerating Your Healing by Slowing Down Your Life
Remembering to “stop and smell the roses” is not a cliché, it is true wisdom for those who want to deeply and fully enjoy their life. Here are seven tips for putting on the brakes:
- Unplug. Your computer and smartphone aren’t inherently bad. But they can be as addicting as any substance. Stepping away from them for even a few minutes here and there can help you relax and appreciate the world around you without wondering when that next email, text, or notification is going to arrive.
- Be present. Most people spend the vast majority of their day pondering the future or dwelling on the past, when the only time you get to truly experience life is right now! Try to spend more time simply seeing and hearing what’s going on around you in the present moment.
- Truly listen to people. It’s easy to have an entire conversation with a friend, family member, or coworker without really hearing a word they said. Follow the advice above to “be present” when talking with others.
- Take your time during meals. Eating and drinking are very pleasurable experiences, but too often we gobble, gulp, and move on to the next task. Try slowing down and savoring every bite and sip.
- Don’t do so much. In today’s hectic world, it can feel wrong to spend any time at all doing nothing. But you find that once you get past the guilt, being less busy is very good for your mind and body.
- Breathe slowly. As your breathing goes, so goes your mind. Taking slower, deeper breaths can help you relax, release your tension, and find more peace of mind. Even if you just focus on your breathing for a minute or two a few times a day, it can make a significant difference.
- Go outside. Whether you’re in the city, the suburbs, or the country, getting outside for no reason other than being outside can do your heart and mind a world of good.
Learning to Live at a Slower Pace
For people in need of residential treatment in Sacramento, one of the best ways to support recovery is to slow down, relax, and recharge. Contact New Dawn today to learn more about our drug and alcohol rehab programs.