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8 Tips On Overcoming Drug Addiction

8 Tips On Overcoming  Drug Addiction

Are you struggling with the drug addiction? If so, you might feel sobriety is an unattainable goal, but that’s not the truth. No matter how hopeless your situation seems, recovery is never out of reach. By addressing the root cause of your addiction and with the right treatment and support, change is achievable. No doubt, the recovery process might involve impediments, but once you examine the problem and start thinking about the change, then you are all set to go.

1. Make Your Recovery Process A Priority

The first and the foremost tip on the overwhelming challenge of drug addiction is making your recovery process a priority. It’s really important to put yourself first. Stay connected with health experts who know you and can give you complete treatment options along with a sound advice throughout the entire recovery process.

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2. Learn To Say No

At times, criticism or fear of negative reaction from our friends or family keeps us from doing what we know is right. Or you can say that it seems like ‘ everyone is doing it,’ but in reality, that’s not the case. Never allow someone else to make your life decisions. You have the right to say no in situations like someone (from friends or family) pressuring you to take drugs or drink alcohol. You don’t need to give them any reason why. Just keep it to yourself and stay away!

3. Build A Fruitful Relationship With Your Parents Or Other Mentors

Drug addiction makes you isolated, so it’s very important for you to make connections with the ones you trust, to whom you can talk about life, challenges and your decision about drug and alcohol addiction. When you build a positive relationship with your parents or other people you look up to, you will have the opportunity to learn from their life experiences and can help put things in perspective. Having a strong support system around you is the key to your success and absolutely priceless.

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4. Change Your Surroundings

Another good tip to deal with the overwhelming challenge of drug addiction is to change your environment or surroundings. If you want to maintain a healthy recovery process, you have to replace your bad habits with the new ones. Positive people, belongings, and experiences can make a real difference! Stay up-to-date regarding cultural events and activities in your area as it helps to stimulate your mind and body in a thrilling and healthy way.

5. Go To The Gym

Get out and exercise!  Exercise will not only help in boosting your physical strength but it also improves your mental condition and reduces stress. Physical activity also boosts endorphins, elevating your mood and keeping you motivated on your path to recovery.

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6. Make Some Changes In Your Diet Plan

In addition to exercise, improving your diet plan is also important. Eating right is also a vital ingredient for a successful recovery. You can get help from your nutritionist regarding what to eat and what not to eat! Making some improvements in your diet plan will help you to stay healthy, physically as well as mentally.

7. Stay Informed About Drugs

Don’t trust blindly in the misconceptions and myths circulating over the internet and possibly among your friends. If you want to make the right decisions, you have to stay informed and educated. Try to learn information from authentic sources and most importantly, share what you’re learning with your family and friends. Reminding yourself of the negative health consequences of drugs and the science behind addiction can help you to stay moving forward.

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8. Don’t Give Up

Despite the obstacles and challenges you face, don’t give up and never lose hope. Trust your friends, family and other support sources to overcome your negative temptations and to keep going in difficult days. You can do this!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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