5 Positive Habits That Can Change Your Life
New ways for a new you
Adopting positive habits or learning to think positively doesn’t mean you are ignoring the bad things in life. Instead, it means that you’ve come to a place in life where you are able to see the negative things, but are able to focus on the positive instead, working your way towards a happier, more peaceful, and more fulfilled existence. A holistic approach to addiction treatment, which focuses on your physical, psychological and emotional needs, can help you learn certain positive habits. These habits will not only help you as you overcome your addiction. They can also have a positive impact on your life overall.
Starting a Yoga or Meditation Practice
Adding a practice that helps calm or restore your mind to your daily routine can help improve your life considerably. If your life is constantly full and you feel that you are always having to be on the go, taking 15 minutes to half an hour each day to slow down, take several deep breaths, and calm your thoughts can cut your stress levels considerably. Over time, a regular yoga or meditation practice can allow you to better control your emotions.
Yoga and meditation can also help you improve your life and well-being in other areas. The boost you get from yoga or meditation can encourage you to eat a healthier diet, for example, so that you feel better all over. Some types of yoga can also increase dopamine levels in the brain, which can help if you are seeking treatment for addiction.
Spending Time with People Who Love You
Your true friends and loving family members can and should be a support system for you. The friends and family members you want to spend time with are those who encourage your positive habits and who offer advice and encouragement when you are feeling down.
Spending time with people who really love you can go hand in hand with limiting the time you spend with people who are a negative influence on you or people who seek to bring you down. Those people include the friends you had while you were using, a family member who regularly talks down to you or who won’t accept that you’re changing for the better, and friends who are constantly under stress and whose stress rubs off on you.
Rejoicing in the Small Successes
Your life can change for the better when you strive to take things one day at a time and when you aim to celebrate the small, but positive strides you make. Each day, take a look at the little things that make your life go more smoothly and be thankful for them. Those little things can range from celebrating another week of staying sober to being thankful that you didn’t miss the bus or that you managed to avoid traffic on your commute. Remember to be happy in life’s small successes will help you be happier and even more thankful when you have a bigger success or when you hit a major milestone.
Remembering to Laugh
Laughing more can make your life much more enjoyable. It can be a release valve when you find yourself in an unpleasantly tense situation, for example. Laughter has a number of benefits for your physical well-being, too. It helps your muscles loosen up and relax and can help your immune system function better. It also makes you feel better overall, since it triggers the release of endophorins in your body.
Taking the time to ask yourself where you want to be in six months, a year, or five years can help change your life for the better. Setting goals can keep you from floundering or from wandering aimlessly through your life. Your goals can also help keep on you track when recovering from addiction. If you know that you want to start your own company or own your own home within two years, you will be more likely to have the resolve not to give into cravings. You are also more likely to surround yourself with people who can not only help you work towards your goals, but who can help you continue on the road to recovery.
Sometimes, change is for the better. At Malibu Beach Recovery Center we can help you lay the framework for a sober life and can help you develop habits in treatment that you can use to improve your life once you’ve left treatment. For more information, dial (844) 921-5799.