Many of us remember daily that we are choosing not to drink or use drugs. But we may forget that it’s important to learn ways to relax our bodies and our minds. Maybe it’s time to assertively pursue options for helping us to unwind.
I can tell you things that help me: Hot water — whether it’s taking a long shower, sitting in a hot tub, or resting in a bathtub; meditation and visualization; being near a large body of water and if that’s not possible, looking at a good picture of the ocean or a beautiful sea; drinking hot herbal tea; massage; music; meditation tapes; a good movie; laughter; deep, conscious breathing; playing the piano; and being outside in the sun.
We each have our own needs, our own methods of calming ourselves down. Do you have a list of what works for you? If you don’t, today is a good day to make one.
Today and each day, do at least one thing deliberately that relaxes you. Begin allowing your body to memorize how it feels when it’s relaxed; then consciously duplicate that feeling throughout the day whenever you feel yourself become tense.
God, show me ways to relax.
— written by Melody Beattie
We are no good to anyone unless we are good to ourselves!