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Discussion in 'Sobriety Tips and Inspiration' started by juno, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. juno

    juno Community Champion

    During the first few weeks after you kick the habit, fill your days with things you want or need to do. Make plans to eat meals with family or friends, and try to steer clear of temptations. The busier you are, the more distracted you'll be from the urge to smoke.
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  2. OGRICHBOI

    OGRICHBOI Member

    Making plans with family and friends definitely helped me while I was recovering. I felt as if I had a responsibility and an event to look forward to. Also, I felt that if I wrote it down, I felt busier,
  3. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    This is very true, especially when you go through a sudden and major change. So often it creates emptiness and loss. Not just making plans for yourself, but asking your friends and family to "take care" of you and invite you out to stuff!
  4. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I agree that it's a good idea to plan ahead for activities that will take your mind off smoking. It helps the road ahead seem less long! Plus you'll have more money for socialising if you aren't spending it on ciggies.
  5. Janie

    Janie Active Contributor

    This is great advice for a lot of things. When my calendar is full it takes my mind of a lot of silly addictions I may use to pass the time. When my calendar is full I am always at my best both mentally and physically, despite being stressed. I am sharpest and most on my game.
  6. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    This is true. Stay busy. The more activities you have in the day, the less time you will have to think about using again. Any activity that will keep your mind busy is a good thing.
  7. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    When you have too much time on your hands, you end up doing things that will only harm you in the process. It's really advisable to take up a worthwhile hobby to not be swayed by drugs, alcohol and other vices. The company of sound minds and practical individuals helps too.
  8. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    Very true, we’re more prone to succumb to detrimental habits when we’re idle. Finding things to do that keep our minds off temptations can be the best thing. Especially if they happen to be productive, but fun activities are important as well.
  9. BethBrown

    BethBrown Member

    I can personally attest to being busy having helped me stop many bad habits. It really comes down to distracting myself constantly. It's better to be doing something than nothing regardless of what is going on though.
  10. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    Very true. Doing stuff that you enjoy to do will benefit you most. Your favorite hobbies! It could range from sports to leisure activities, they all get your mind off of life and your troubles. Very great tip!
  11. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I absolutely agree with your post. Always keep yourself busy so your mind won't find an excuse to do drugs/substances. Another good thing you have mentioned is to have some sort of quality time with your loved ones. That would help you be more inspired.
  12. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    The best and easiest way to ensure you'll be occupied all the time is to start learning something new. It doesn't necessarily mean going to school or spending money on anything. There are thousands of videos on youtube and lots of other sites where you can teach yourself something. For example, you could start learning how to paint, draw, web design, coding — anything.
  13. jkendall

    jkendall Member

    Agreed ! Fill your time with positive distractions. Spend time with friends and family. Reach out to those you may have lost contact with; but please, stay clear of negative or judgmental individuals. Find new hobbies that you enjoy doing. Creative hobbies such as: painting or writing are wonderful during recovery. Physical activities can also have a quite positive effect on your overall happiness. Please remember however that while distractions can be a useful tool; you must also learn to find happiness and serenity even at times when your alone with nothing to do.
  14. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    Idleness contributes to thinking about drugs. If you can be busy somewhere then you will not have the time for alcohol. It is not that you must be employed but find something that can keep you busy.
  15. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I always find that the more full my calendar is, with commitments, errands, workouts and catch ups with family and friends, the better I feel. There's something great about that feeling of productivity -- I guess I equate it with feeling good, feeling worthwhile and so forth. Staying busy is not only good for the recovery days, but I think for life as a whole. Obviously not SO busy that you're stressed out all the time and don't have any time for relaxation, but I do think having hobbies and things that keep you occupied is good for the mind, body and soul.
  16. lissetetiff

    lissetetiff Member

    Im in total agreement. When trying to stop using, then keeping yourself occupied all the time is the best way to go. When you are a little idle, you allow thoughts of getting high to slip into your mind. When you are very idle, these thoughts will overpower your will to stay sober.
  17. kjonesm1

    kjonesm1 Community Champion

    I totally agree. Replacing bad habits with good ones will keep your mind off of things you are trying to quit. When I quit smoking marijuana in the evenings I replaced that hour after the kids went to bed with a nice long bath. I found the tub to be the relaxation I used to get from smoking a bowl before bed.
  18. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    This helped me a lot to remain strong after I recovered from an addiction. I simply had a lot of things planned my whole free time was busy and I didn't have time to focus on my cravings.
    Replacing bad habits with good ones was successful for me.