Distraction-free days seem to be an anomaly these days. People are more distracted than ever with social media, phone apps, games, and other things right at your fingertips. There is a never-ending, all-consuming object that rests in some people’s hands from the time they rise until they crash into bed at night. There are also plenty of other distractions that can deter your recovery efforts if you are not aware they are even happening. Learn how to heighten your personal awareness of distractions and learn to block them before they take you down the wrong path.
One of the things people find hardest every day is cooking healthy meals. If you are distracted by life, meal times can become a frenzy of finding the right things to cook for yourself (and others), which can lead to mindless snacking. Typically, snacks are unhealthy and full of salts, fats, and sugars which can spike your blood sugar and even trigger cravings. In recovery, one of the most important tools you have is learning how to care for your personal nutrition so you can stay healthy and fit in recovery. If you want to stay ahead of the game, be sure to try these tips:
- Do a shopping list and pick a day to get groceries
- Use grocery delivery or pick-up for days when life is busy
- Pick a day to meal prep by yourself or with family and friends to get everything ready for the week ahead
- Don’t buy as many (if any) processed foods and avoid drive-thrus on-the-fly by keeping healthy snacks in the car
Monitor Phone Time
One of the biggest time wasters for people everyday is their mobile phone. Whether it be games, texting, messaging others, browsing social media, or consuming in other ways, it can be a mindless distraction to life going on around you. When you are entertaining your brain in this way, it can keep you from having your head in the game at the moment. Some helpful tips:
- Turn your phone off for an hour or so every day
- Download phone apps to track social media use
- Block spam callers and unknown numbers so you don’t waste time answering calls
- Set a timer or delete apps which take up too much time every day
A little known secret thing called sleep is a potent weapon in helping you ward off distraction. Lack of sleep can impact your ability to think clearly and make logical decisions. It can also keep you from feeling rested enough to stay on task and get things done. When your brain is tired, it begins to send off signals to your body that throw it off including cravings for certain foods, feelings of listlessness, agitation, anxiety, even depression. The more rest you get, the better. Some tips to help you find your way to a better night’s slumber:
- Set an alarm for bed: don’t let yourself stay up past a certain point and stick to the same time every night to get your body on schedule
- Turn off phones and electronic media at least 30 minutes before bed to help your body rest
- Get up at the same time each day with enough time to meditate, pray, or spend time starting the day off with mindfulness and gratitude
- Get some exercise first thing in the morning, even if it’s just stretching (then find time to fit in longer workouts later in the day)
- Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated, which helps the body rest better
The key to blocking distraction in recovery is really one word: you. You are in control of how you take ownership of your recovery. If you are struggling to stay focused, on task, and show up for yourself, it may be time to check in with a doctor, therapist, or sponsor and see what you can do to realign with those personal goals and get on task again. It is possible to limit distractions and get yourself on track, especially if you have people standing alongside you for the journey.
Don’t give up on recovery just yet. Some days are harder than others, but a Last Resort can be a safe space to come and find healing if you are struggling to get on your feet. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. Our goal is to help you find meaning and purpose in recovery from alcohol or drugs while getting rid of the distractions that keep you locked in addiction. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.