It’s easy to drift into a downward spiral of anxiety, self-doubt, or just plain old boredom.
Actually, the worst emotion I recall experiencing during alcohol withdrawal was nervous exhaustion, which is hell on earth.
This happens when you’re too wired to possibly feel good, and negative thoughts race uncontrollably, but you’re too damn tired to invent a solution for it.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m caught off guard by any of these unpleasant emotions, I like to have a range of tools that I can use RIGHT NOW.
I can use them right now because they have become habits that my mind automatically turns to – instead of alcohol, sugar, social media, or other time-wasting bullshit.
I’ve found that if one of these strategies doesn’t work, another one will.
I experimented with all of these strategies (and many more) after I quit drinking, some of them even before I discovered the healing power of intelligent supplementation.
To this day, when I have a rare episode of feeling anxious or just blah, I counter it by going into problem-solving mode and figuring out which of my strategies will change my state.
I describe all of them in detail in the video below:
What Are These 7 Strategies?
Here is a brief list of strategies that can help you change your mental state:
- Deep Breathing
- Impulse Jogs
- Yoga (anywhere)
- L-Glutamine (for alcohol/sugar cravings)
- Focus On Other People
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
There is only one supplement in the list above: I have included L-glutamine because I have seen it instantly reduce alcohol cravings for countless people in early recovery.
If your problem now is alcohol cravings, then alleviating your cravings is only half the battle. You will need to refocus your attention to activities that help you in ways that alcohol – that worthless, carcinogenic toxin – never could.
Over time, shifting your focus toward productive and fulfilling activities will become a new skill. The strategies that you acquire to change your state will become habitual and automatic.
Making time to take care of yourself is never a waste of time; it is a crucial aspect of recovering from addiction and living an optimized lifestyle.
There is one additional strategy that I did not mention in the presentation above, and which can be very useful:
Simply take a 10 minute time-out.
Lay on your bed, or your couch, or your office floor and give yourself permission to zone out and de-stress.
You can meditate if you’d like, but you don’t have to even do that.
Too many of us have used alcohol as a source of energy to do things we don’t want to do – house chores, thankless work, favors for people who don’t deserve them.
You deserve a time-out at least once per day. If you’re pressed for time, simply subtract it from the time you would have otherwise spent browsing through social media, TV, the news – none of which would have made you feel better afterward.
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If you have any questions about strategies for changing your state of mind, feel free to leave them in the comment box below.