Whether you hit rock bottom or just realized you need a new direction in your life, making the decision to stay sober in your 30’s is a unique challenge. Coming out as a problem drinker can be detrimental to your social life, your family, and even your job.
With that, if you’re curious to know the best ways on how to stay sober, check out these 6 easy tips you can start applying to your life today.
Keep a clean house
Make your bed and do the dishes before going to sleep. Don’t forget to prep your meals for the week and keep your vices out of your house, too.
Keeping a clean house can help calm your mind whenever your thoughts go frantic. Make sure you have plenty of alternatives to keep you satisfied.
These are the times you are more likely to relapse.
1Don’t avoid social engagements
Go to your friend’s birthday party or consider going to the beach.
Secluding yourself in your sober sanctuary can lead to loneliness and thoughts of relapse. If you are still at a point where seeing people drinking makes you uncomfortable, go early and leave early.
2Say yes more often
Experiences are one of the many blessings of sobriety. Being able to have a real moment that isn’t clouded by alcohol is a beautiful thing. Let “yes” be your guide to sobriety.
3Find a hobby
Hobbies are a great way to focus your mind. Try wood crafting, knitting, reading or go skydiving! Find a hobby that is healthy for your mind and body and be the best person at it.
4Let yourself be silent
Early on in sobriety, your brain is your worst enemy. It will run a thousand miles a second because you spent so long quieting the world around you with substances.
Take a moment each day and be silent. Leave the world around you outside your brain and outside your consciousness. Let the silence come back into your life.
5Join a support group
AA is not for everyone. However, for so many people, it’s the only way they keep sober.
Whatever path works best for you, follow it. Don’t be afraid to change it, too!
Substance abuse is best cured by sharing experiences and being vocal about what you are going through is crucial to your sobriety.
6Reflect on your experiences
Journaling is a big help in sobriety. Whatever tool you choose, write your experiences down because it will be interesting to look back at your life a few months from now.
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Author: alan jabczynski
2k wrds/day. Social Politics and Addiction blogger