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4 Hacks for Overcoming Addiction

4 Hacks for Overcoming Addiction

Most people don’t expect to be addicted to something when they are young. They envision a life just as happy as the life they currently live, perhaps just with more freedom. Unfortunately for many of those people, life can hit people hard, and then continue to hit them while they are down. That concept can be easily seen with addition.

While some people are addicted to drugs and other substances due to mistakes they made as teens or adolescents, other people are simply victims of happenstance. These people get injured at some point in their life, and find themselves addicted to the painkillers and drugs that were originally supposed to heal them from their malady. They are then forced to spend a lifetime fighting addiction, despite doing nothing to deserve that in life. Here are a few tips for those struggling to overcome those addictions.

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Tell someone

It is extremely important to have someone that you can trust know that you are struggling with addiction. They can be there during those dark hours when you feel like there is no way you will ever beat the addiction and you might as well give in to it. They can also help you have somebody to report to. People tend to do better at everything when they have to report the results to someone, and addiction is no different. Find someone you can trust and tell them[1] what you are struggling with and request their assistance in overcoming the addiction.

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Understand the long term

For many people, the fear of what long-term use of the substance they are addicted to can do to them is enough to help them overcome the addiction. You can find a full list of the long-term, dangerous effects of opiates here. You will quickly realize that your entire life will eventually be affected by the continued use of drugs. There will be physical and emotional problems that arise. When the urge to follow your addiction arises, think of the long-term consequences and allow those thoughts to steer you away from the addiction.

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Fill your time

To truly overcome addiction you have to understand where your addictive behavior often comes from. For most people it starts to come when they are alone and have nothing to do. Boredom drives the addiction. This means that in order to overcome an addiction you must not only stop the bad habit, but fill the void with a good habit. Consider taking up a hobby that you have always wanted. Even better, try taking up a sport or a form of exercise that you enjoy. Not only will that fill your time, but it will make you feel more healthy physically and emotionally.

Exercise

To add to the previous option, exercise is virtually essential[2] for successful addiction recovery. Exercise helps you discipline your body and puts your mind in charge of your body. Addiction is the exact opposite. Addiction is typically some form of bodily desire that overcomes your mind’s willpower to resist it. As you exercise and develop discipline and diligence, you will find that you are able to better control your addiction. An added bonus is that you will be more in shape.

Addiction is tough. Many people struggle with it. Never feel like you are alone. You would be surprised how many people you know may be struggling with addictions, or other similar problems themselves. If you don’t know anyone that can help you then there are plenty of online support groups and hotlines that can help talk you through your problems. Many local churches will offer similar services as well.

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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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