Sometimes in life, and in recovery, we just need to take a break. I’ve seen it so many times in my own life and in the lives of people around me like sponsees. We go, go, go, until we’re washed out. This is pretty standard behavior among those who have experienced addiction. We thrive on moving forward and getting going, but we can overwhelm ourselves.
We get sober and try to go back to school, get a job, and stay active in our recovery program. We begin overthinking and getting lost in our fairly healthy drive to move forward. However, it can be useful to pause and take a break here and there. We don’t want to fall into laziness, but we can treat ourselves to some relaxing time to recuperate. Here are a few ways you can take a break in your busy life and recovery.
Take a Vacation
If you have the opportunity, taking a vacation is always an amazing break. Whether you go to Peter Island in the BVI or a local camping spot, simply getting away for a few days can make a huge difference. It gives our minds and bodies a chance to reset and rejuvenate.
Getting out of town is a great way to go because a new place allows our minds to be free. When we’re relaxing at home, the mind falls into the thinking that we have to get things done. When we’re on vacation, we can truly relax. Studies have actually shown that vacation can be good for your health. So see what you can do to get out of town for a day or two!
A “staycation” is another great way to take a break from our lives. A staycation is just a like a vacation, but you stay at home! Sometimes called a holistay, this is another great way to reset and give ourselves some energy to work with life. We can relax at home, steer clear of tasks and getting things done. It can help to shut our phones off, stay away from computers, and really dedicate our time to relaxing.
Although getting out of town is beneficial to allow the mind time to relax, we can create the conditions for ease in our own homes. It can be hard to do so, as we feel lazy or unproductive. Try to see it as a practice in treating yourself with some kindness. Just a day or a weekend can make a huge difference!
Sometimes, we need to treat ourselves a little bit. Many of us struggle to do this as it can seem self-indulgent. But it is again an act of self-care. Try going to a spa, getting a massage, getting a manicure, going to a concert, seeing your favorite team play, or whatever it is you’re into. Spending the time and money to do something we enjoy can go a long way. Just a few hours of fun can help us reset the nervous system and have more energy in life.
Spend Time with Friends
Sometimes, all we need to do is relax and spend some time with friends. This can be simple things, like taking a hike, going to the movies, or just having a potluck dinner. We don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to relax with those we love and care about. Social connection is deeply powerful, and is at the core of many spiritual and therapeutic programs. Take some time to give yourself a break and hang out with friends!