When you see how some people live their lives, you automatically know they have a lot of self-control. Those "fitness fanatics" that have seemingly perfect bodies - they work out all the time, don't cheat on their diets, and they are hyper self-aware. That's just one example, but you know there are others who are great with money or never lose their temper. Those who display excellent self-control have many similar traits that we can learn from as it pertains to our addictions and substance abuse recovery.
Here are 5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Control
1. Distract Yourself
It's like what we do with children, we change the subject or distract them with a toy and their behavior often changes immediately. If you are feeling like you are losing control, start an activity. Maybe that is going out and doing an activity, drawing a picture, practicing yoga, reading a magazine or watching a movie. Dive into something to keep your mind busy.
2. Plan ahead
What we mean is to think into the future about how you will get back on the right track after you've had a setback. Instead of giving up, overcome that impulse by using positive self-talk. Say something to yourself like "The next time I lose control in that way, I will...." and decide what that thing will be. Maybe it's calling your sponsor to talk it through, or attending a meeting everyday for X # of days in a row, or making a plan to avoid the situation altogether. Keep your plan simple and very specific as a way of maintaining your substance abuse recovery.
3. Avoid temptations
As mentioned above, avoiding certain situations is vital to our long term sobriety. If you look at people who display a strong sense of willpower, it is often because they do not allow temptations to be put in front of them. Avoid those old friends who were a bad influence, avoid going to certain hang out spots and instead try to put yourself in new groups of people and places that will encourage your recovery.
4. Change your mentality
When it comes to alcohol or your drug of choice, it is important to change how you see the temptation. Think about a glass of scotch or the drug you used and imagine it as something completely out of reach, unattainable and no longer something you can get to under any circumstances. You might even think about the negative attributes of using again. Walter Mischel, who did a study that was popular in the 1960's, showed that with this technique, you can use mental images to “cool” your own “hot” triggers in order to completely change how you perceive something.
5. Start your day differently
Get up and make your bed every day. Why? Because self-control is a choice. You can do certain things that encourage self-control or discourage it. Begin by making small changes which lend themselves to using self-discipline, including things like making your bed every morning. Start where you are, begin where you can, and keep going. Substance abuse recovery is an ongoing process.
The important thing in all of this is that you seek help for your drug addiction. Do not let fear keep you from the life you have always wanted. You do not need to fight this disease alone and any and all concerns that you have can be addressed as you move through the process of recovery. So call the professionals at Evolutions Treatment Center today, at 1-866-771-7091. We are standing by to help you finally overcome your addiction.