Being new to recovery can be totally overwhelming. You’re starting an entirely new way of life, and trying to heal your brain, body, and relationships while you’re at it.
Sure, you know to take things one day at a time, and to just focus on doing the next indicated thing.
But what if you can’t figure out what the next right thing to do IS?!
Here’s a list of 12 quick and easy things to do that will take you out of your head and keep you in your recovery
1. Go to a meeting.
This one should be obvious! Even just researching the dates, times, and locations of 12 Step meetings in your area will help put you on the road to recovery.
2. Call your sponsor.
You don’t have to be in the middle of a major crisis to call your sponsor. In fact, reaching out to them when things are good will help you feel more comfortable when you have to make a tougher call down the line. If you don’t have a sponsor yet, make a list of some people you might ask!
Even if you haven’t made it to the Eleventh Step just yet, meditation can be a tool in your recovery. Explore guided meditation tracks online or in an app, or even just sit in silence for as long as you can. It might be challenging at first, but meditation is often called a “practice” because it gets easier with time.
4. Try a recovery read.
Every addict or alcoholic should read the approved literature of their fellowship. But if you’re in the mood for something lighter, try recovery blogs (like this one!) or even browse recovery meme accounts on Instagram.
Journaling is a great way to get to know the person you are in recovery. If you don’t think of yourself as a writer, just think about trying to put the voice in your head onto paper. Don’t worry – no one else will read it!
Reaching out to your Higher Power is one of the best things you can do to center yourself in recovery – even if you’re not religious. It can be as simple as spending some quiet time in nature.
7. Call a recovery friend.
Having a strong network of recovery friends is a great way to build your new life after drugs and alcohol. It can feel awkward at first, but you owe it to yourself and your recovery to try.
8. Take a nap.
Especially in early recovery, it’s incredibly important to allow your body to heal from the effects of drugs and alcohol. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) can affect your body and mind up to 18 months after you begin recovery. Be gentle with yourself, and rest when you need it.
9. Get up and move!
Taking a short walk or even trying exercise can be a great way to help your body heal from the effects of your addiction. Who knows, you might even find a new hobby!
10. Make a healthy meal.
A big part of healing your body and mind is feeding it with healthy fuel. Addiction and alcoholism can wreak havoc on your body, so seek out fruits, vegetables, and other foods to help you get your body on the right path.
11. Do something kind for someone else. And don’t take credit for it!
Getting out of your head and into service is a great way to supercharge your recovery. Whether it’s doing someone a favor or taking a commitment in your meeting, whatever you do is sure to make you feel better about yourself.
12. Give thanks with a gratitude list!
It’s impossible to be thankful and worry at the same time. So, spend a few minutes writing down a couple things that you’re thankful for. There’s ALWAYS something. Some people even like to have a gratitude group text with friends to keep the positivity going!
The staff at Clean Path Behavioral Health can help you develop a customized plan to start your road to recovery right. Contact us today.