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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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