Top 10 Things That Keep Me Sober

Top 10 Things That Keep Me Sober

Top 10 Things That Keep Me Sober
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Here are some things that help me stay sober! These things work for me and hopefully, you can take some to practice in your daily life.

  1. Daily morning meditation, even if just for 5 minutes. This helps to clear the noise and clutter inside my brain and my goodness, I need this!!
  2. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! Ok, not that much exercise but I need an hour of exercise a day. I either go walking, hiking or practice yoga.
  3. Connection! Whether it be online forums, Instagram, meetings, coffee with a friend or spending time with my family, this makes my heart and soul happy. I can easily isolate and sit on my computer all day, but I know what my triggers are and I need to take those cues.
  4. Routine is key! I wake up at around the same time in the morning. I meditate, have my coffee, work a little on my computer, go to yoga usually, work and read some more, hang with the kids, make dinner and watch some trashy TV at night. Ok, it’s not all trashy but sometimes I need some mindless nothing at night.
  5. Make a gratitude list! I don’t do this every day but it really helps ground me when I do.
  6. Eat healthy. Plain and simple. I don’t fill my body with too many processed foods and I eat a plant-based diet that makes me feel amazing.
  7. Stop and breathe instead of reacting. To say this is difficult for me is really downplaying it. I am a reactor but every time I stop, pause, breathe and think about how to react, the situation always ends better.
  8. Drink water! Fill up on water. It clears your mind and body. Feeling good is so important to sobriety.
  9. Journal. Either online or in a book. I like to do both. I’ve noticed that my writing is pretty awful now that I mainly type. When I get out of my head and put it all on paper, it always feels less heavy.
  10. HELP SOMEONE ELSE! This is the key factor for anyone that struggles with alcohol and drugs. It’s not always about you or me. There’s always someone you can lend an ear to or try to help. Plus, it helps you and makes you feel better about yourself.

Also, be kind to yourself. It’s not a race. Everyone has a different path to recovery.