20 things to replace 2!

So I’ve been having a massive clear out following stumbling across the blog of Be More With Less.  As part of that I was having a good old sort through of my office and came across this list that was clearly written back in the days of my drinking and smoking because of what I called it!  Its ‘replace’ sub-heading was healthy relaxation methods as I was desperately looking for ways to relax that didn’t include booze and fags.

The reason for writing this post is two fold.  Firstly to share the list so here it is:

  1. Aromatherapy
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Hot stone massage
  4. Reflexology
  5. Flotation tank
  6. Reiki
  7. Meditation
  8. Swedish massage
  9. Exercise = running
  10. Music
  11. Chocolate
  12. Mindfulness
  13. Diet + increased water intake/Less caffeine and sugar
  14. Bath
  15. Scented candles
  16. Cup of herbal tea
  17. Reading
  18. Sleeping
  19. Cinema
  20. Yoga

If you’re looking for even more inspiration how about this:

The Mayo Clinic say to get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as thinking positively, finding humor, problem-solving, managing time, exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.  They go on to say that by practicing relaxation techniques we can reduce stress symptoms by:

  • Slowing your heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Reducing activity of stress hormones
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration and mood
  • Lowering fatigue
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems

And secondly I am pleased to say that I have finally signed up for the one thing on my list I’ve avoided up until now – the body technique at no 20!  I’ve been resisting it because I have sensed it is going to engage me to work on some somatic elements of my recovery that I know is going to potentially be hard so I’ve been procrastinating.  I know how beneficial others have found it and that many in the recovery community are big advocates of it so I’m finally diving in and I’ll let you know how I get on.  If you want to share your experience of yoga in the comments along with any hints and tips please do 🙂

11 thoughts on “20 things to replace 2!

  1. YOGA!!
    It has made such a big difference in my life, not only with my body image, but with the community of people I have met.
    I have tried all the types of yoga, and I think it’s best to find a class that can show you the correct form.
    The you can go into more advanced ones.
    But I learned good form by going to the beginning classes for awhile.
    Have FUN!!

    1. Hey Wendy Thanks for sharing your experiences with yoga and encouragement! 🙂 xx

  2. Hooray! 🙂 yoga is wonderful, I’m fortunate to have a yoga class going on in my workplace right now, but otherwise I’ve purchased many DVD’s to use at home. My breathing, posture, and flexibility have all improved, something we sober warriors need! Enjoy. xx

    1. Hey Lori Still looking for a yoga class that feels like ‘me’ but I will keep looking and maybe consider some home DVD in the meantime 🙂 xx

    1. Hey sober in vegas Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog! It’s great isn’t it? 🙂

  3. well for me yoga appears to be going the way of meditation… i.e. that I found it really useful but now I can’t make myself do it so have only done 2 classes this summer term 🙁

    as I think you know I began yoga in September 2016 so I did do it for a year and a half or so. I spent ages researching the type of class that was right for me and eventually got decision fatigue and just plumped for the closest one! and actually that worked out really well as it was an Iyengar class, where lots of blocks, straps etc are used, so that you can modify poses and do them vey carefully and slowly – good for those of us with dodgy backs. I would say that I had to be careful using the belts as I highly disliked feeling trapped and so if I felt at all like that I basically just quietly didn’t use the belt, which my teacher was fine with.

    I definitely had a couple of classes where when I was feeling emotional about other stuff going on in my life then that came out in the class. I picked up and left one class when I had been close to tears for some minutes – emailed the teacher afterwards to explain and again she was fine with that – I think any decent yoga teacher will be very familiar and accustomed to encountering weeping class members.

    if you are worried about feeling wobbly in class then a restorative class might also be a safe bet to start with – I find that the ‘opening’ type of poses are when I feel vulnerable.

    hope you find something that suits you. also have you looked at online classes? friend of mine has been trying to get me into yogaglo which she is a big fan of – they have a fifteen day free trial at the moment and have over 4,000 classes at all levels including beginners?! ooh I am looking at that longingly now too 😉 – down girl!

    good for you on further de-clutter, you are bloody awesome xxx

      1. In the spirit of complete honesty Prim – I went to an intro class (Iyengar) and haven’t been back :O The external reason given at the time was a cold (this was back in cold dark Feb) and then I just never rejoined that term and this term notification came out and I was busy living in the future and thinking I might be somewhere else so that became this terms excuse! I’m not sure if I’m procrastinating or it’s not for me as group activities don’t really float my boat – being the lone runner I chose to be most of the time. I have also stopped my regular meditation practice and like you just don’t seem to be able to make myself do it currently. Peas in a pod it would seem 😉 xx

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