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Doing Nothing Can Save Your Sobriety: Here’s Why

Doing Nothing Can Save Your Sobriety: Here’s Why

It can be difficult to do nothing in sobriety. In fact, doing too much of nothing can actually be a bad thing in that it can isolate you from peers, family, and those who care about you to the point you may relapse. Having hobbies, goals, and things to do outside of work and school are good ways to stay busy but being too busy can be stressful, too. There are ways to relax (and do nothing) that are healthy and beneficial for your recovery.

Too Busy

Being too busy is like a disease. It can bring you to a point where you feel like all you do is run from meeting to meeting, work, to school, then back to another activity before it is time for bed. It may even feel like mindfulness is another thing to do. When you get to the point where even recovery meetings feel like another thing to do on your list, perhaps you are reaching a point where you need to schedule in ‘do nothing’ time.

Do Nothing Time

When you find yourself in a business-worshipping mindset, it helps to pull back and rest for a time. When there is not enough time to do nothing, you will find things to fill in the time, which can make you anxious and stressed without even realizing. Sometimes even volunteering or helping others feels like a chore. Here are some tips to help you do absolutely nothing (sometimes):

  • Pencil yourself into your own schedule
  • Take time for yourself everyday at least 15-30 minutes
  • Take vacation time if it is offered at work and go away to rest
  • Do staycations once or twice a month where you take a day or half day to do nothing but sleep in, rest, and rejuvenate
  • Take a rest from ‘shoulds’ about what you ought to be doing instead of resting

What you will find when you do this regularly is that you get reacquainted with yourself. You get to know what you like and don’t like and finally, you feel like you are able to manage things better rather than feel over stressed and anxious. Deep rest allows you to be ready when life rings with important matters to be taken care of, that big project comes up, or you have the chance to try something you’ve been wanting to do but feel too tired to commit. Be ready to press pause on your life and set yourself up for some rest and relaxation. What you don’t want is to feel so exhausted, you get triggered to go back to old habits, old haunts, or old friends which sends you down a path of relapse. Take that time now and make it a regular part of your schedule. You definitely won’t be sorry you did.

Part of recovery is learning self care. When you take care of yourself, you are less likely to relapse and more likely to feel better long term. Your heart, mind, and soul need rest. If you are tired and worn out from addiction, Serenity can help. We will support your journey to recovery. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401