8 Quick Tips to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk

 

 

8 Quick Tips to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk

 

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You know that feeling you get when you’re just not feeling yourself, and nothing seems to be going right? It’s pretty common to feel this way sometimes, but it can be hard to get back on track.

Many factors contribute – whether it’s stress, lack of sleep, or even too much time spent on social media. We all get down sometimes. It’s a part of life, and it’s normal.

But there are also things you can do today to help you feel better and more motivated. These quick tips will help you break free from your funk and feel better about yourself!

Watch something funny

Watching a funny movie or TV show may not seem like it’s doing much, but studies show that even a small dose of humor can make you feel tons better. It changes your brain chemistry to help reduce stress and anxiety.

You can always have a lot of fun by watching something funny on YouTube. Or go out with friends to watch a stand-up comedian or even a TV show like Saturday Night Live. Maybe browse through Netflix and watch your favorite sitcom to change things up.

Go for a walk outside.

Sometimes, all it takes to boost your mood is a change of scenery. Getting outside allows you to interact with the world around you and see all its beauty – including all the other people on earth!

If walking isn’t your thing, go for a drive or ride your bike somewhere. Just get out there and enjoy being in nature.

Take a bubble bath or have a nice relaxing shower.

It’s not just about the warm water – which is very soothing to your nerves – it’s also about how you feel while you’re relaxing. There are many amazing products out there that will help you relax and get in the mood to take on the day!

Consider using bath salts, a bath bomb, or even some calming essential oils in the water. It might do you a world of good.

Listen to your favorite music.

Music is very therapeutic, especially if it’s something you know well. It can help you feel positive, inspired, and motivated. So, if your favorite song just isn’t doing it for you today, find a new one that does inspire you!

You can also listen to music in the background when you’re working out (or even while taking a walk); listening to some upbeat tunes will surely give you a boost of energy.

Moreover, music is a great way to zone out and just get lost in your own thoughts for a while. That’s never a bad thing!

Clean your room or organize your desk. 

This one might not be for everyone, but it works really well if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Getting organized can help clear your mind and remind you that things aren’t so bad after all!

It will also make you more productive when working on other tasks because your space is clean and organized. Start with your desk at work or the kitchen counter and keep going until your whole space is clutter-free.

Smile more often.

It’s very simple, but often times we forget to smile because we’re too caught up in our day-to-day life.

A positive attitude can go a long way and affect the mood of everyone around you, especially if others are having a bad day as well. Smiling isn’t just good for your health – it makes other people feel happier. Additionally, there’s evidence that smiling triggers happy feelings.

It’s a simple little thing you can do to put yourself in a more positive mood and feel better! Just make it a habit to smile at everyone – strangers, family, friends, dogs…you name it!

Drink some water. 

Drinking water is very important, but sometimes we forget it when we’re in a funk or stressed. And that’s normal – eating is usually the first thing to go if you’ve got too much on your mind and don’t have time for yourself.

But staying hydrated will help you feel better and more refreshed – helping you deal with stress better, too. Additionally, it will also refresh your skin and give it that glow you’ve been looking for.

Get some advice

Sometimes, life has a way of throwing us curveballs, and we don’t know how to deal with life’s little problems. In these instances, it’s always good to have someone you can turn to for advice and guidance.

You might think life has dealt you enough lemons, but life is full of people who will give you advice and support you through life’s ups and downs.

Find a life coach near you who can help guide you through life or speak with a good friend you trust. You’re never alone in life, so don’t be afraid to ask for the help that is needed! Call The Addictions Coach at 800 706 0318 ext 1

It’s time to pull yourself out of a funk!

If you’re feeling down or in a funk, it’s time to pull yourself out of it. Whether it’s going with the flow and making the best of your day or finding creative ways to improve your mood – there are many things you can do to feel better until that bad day passes.

Sometimes, a small change is all it takes to get out of a funk and feel better about yourself (and the world around you). You deserve to be happy, so do whatever it takes to find your happiness!

 

How to Overcome Fear of Change

 

How to Overcome Fear of Change

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One of the biggest things in addiction and why people relapse has to do with fear of change. People like to do what’s comfortable. If you think about it, you get out of bed every morning, brush your teeth and hair, get dressed, make some coffee, and get moving. You might make breakfast for the kids, get them dressed, pack lunches and drop them off at school. Then, maybe you head to work or the gym and then swing by and pick them up after you’re done. Maybe you run Johnny to soccer and Becky to cheerleading and handle errands like groceries. You come home to make dinner, help with homework, and get them ready for bed.
That’s a schedule. That’s a routine that’s comfortable because you know exactly what you’re doing all day. It becomes uncomfortable if you woke up and had a brand new day and didn’t know where to start. Maybe you have a new job and new responsibilities that’s uncomfortable because you don’t know what is expected of you you don’t know the people that work there and you don’t really have any friends there so it takes time to settle in and learn. Once you learn it though it becomes easy, it becomes routine and comfortable. Change though, happens when we are uncomfortable and only when we are uncomfortable. So to change your growth as a human being and a person it takes stepping into the unknown and dancing with the unknown to create something new.
This quick little video below talks about fear of the unknown: fear of change, and how to embrace change so that you’re comfortable stepping into the unknown so you have a positive experience. Check out the tips and tricks on how to do it and what to do first. At The Addictions Academy and of course Sober on Demand and The Addictions Coach we teach how change is not only a positive thing, but how to facilitate change without all the extra scary pieces involved.
It’s important to understand that people in early sobriety have trouble not only with change, but is soon as they get uncomfortable their first thought is to reach for a drug or alcohol. Those things while in the moment may seem to be productive but all they are really are distractions from the change that you need to see to grow.
If you’re looking to get trained as a coach or you’re looking to hire a coach that can walk you through the fire without all the
un-comfortability and get you to success! Please give us a call we are at 1-800-706-0318.

Coaching vs. Counseling: What is the Difference?

 

Coaching vs. Counseling: What is the Difference?
When it comes to understanding coaching versus counseling a lot of people get confused. They have trouble understanding what  the differences of a coach, a counselor and a mentor are and what roles they take.  I started off my career as a counselor/therapist in the addiction industry wanting to help people and I learned quickly that the addiction mental health industry doesn’t really heal individuals. A lot of them stay sick for most of the time. What I learned also was that a lot of people like to be stuck. They like the idea being broken; it allows them to focus on something and maybe even obsess over it. It also gives them an out for them Bad behavior.
I’m going to break it down for you in a simple chart that you can look at and see when comparing the three.
Mentorship
We look at coaching we look at counseling but then we also talk about mentorship and in addiction this is also known as a sponsor. A sponsor is someone that has been where you are but may not have a degree or formal education. Their job is simply to offer you advice on where they have been and where they went that may be beneficial in relation to what you’re trying to accomplish.
Counseling
Counseling was big in the 1980s and when we deal with counseling we think of the individual as broken or in need of repair. An individual go to a counselor that’s looking for specific advice, most of the sessions deal with past trauma and dealing with severe issues. The goal of the counselor or therapist is to diagnose the client and offer advice based upon their clinical education. They approach the situation generally that a client does not have the answers and they do. They are also looking to diagnose the client DSM-V and offer a clinical opinion or diagnosis of what is actually wrong with the client. After they do this they can then offer solutions and suggestions to fix what is seen as problematic in the client.
Coaching 
When it comes to coaching, the idea behind coaching is that the individual has all of the answers within them. It’s action-based and present and future and that means that the client being coached will leave with an action plan the day and the coach create together. It’s seen as a team effort and it’s seen as progressive. I switched from counseling to coaching over 10 years ago and I have seen more radical changes within my client base than I ever had in my entire career as a counselor simply focusing on a client has broken. Once I switched my thought process and my strategy into helping a client that really isn’t broken things changed.
When it comes to coaching we approach the client that they have all the tools within them that they need they just need to learn how to access them. If it’s addiction coaching and sobriety coaching or recovery coaching, what we do is treat the client like addiction is not their problem it’s a solution to a problem. We try to figure out what the problem is. It could be a coping mechanism or lack of coping skill. It could be a trauma and then obviously counseling would be appropriate, it could be a boredom for use or even a low serotonin dopamine problem in their brain. As a coach we try to figure out what the problem is and create a plan to solve it. Then we spend most of our time in action. We’re as a therapist will spend most of their time in reflection of the past we look at the future as more important.
Take some time  and look at the chart below and see what you’re looking for. Do you need a mentor or a sponsor to help you through your addiction? Are you wanting to become an addiction‘s coach so you’re looking for a mentor? Maybe you have an unresolved trauma or issues that you’re working through and you need assistance from a therapist. But maybe you realize there’s nothing wrong with you and what you need as a coach to help you get unstuck. And that’s my specialty. I’m Dr. Cali Estes of The Addictions Coach and Sober on demand and I help my clients get unstuck and live the best life possible. Check out my website below and give me a call if you feel like you could use action some steps and a boost to get to the next level.
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Concierge Addiction Treatment: Top 5 Reasons Clients Hire a Sober Companion  

 

Concierge Addiction Treatment

Top 5 Reasons Clients Hire a Sober Companion

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As the heroin epidemic and other drug addictions continue to rise in the US, treatment programs continue to adapt and advance. With many programs stepping away from the traditional “28-Day Inpatient Program.” Many people are hiring something called a sober companion to help them stay sober. Sober OnDemand has plenty of trained and experienced sober companions that specialize in around the clock care. A sober companion is someone who is hired by someone in early recovery to stay with them for an agreed upon amount of time. This can be 1 day – 3 months or longer if needed. The sober companion’s job is to help the client to remain sober. Offering coaching techniques that can help the client to adapt to everyday living sober, from the comfort of their lives. Here are the Top 5 Reason to Hire a Sober Companion.

  1. Around the Clock Care – Sober companions can be hired to spend as much time as needed with the client. Some clients will hire a sober companion to spend 24-hours a day with them, in order to help them remain sober. Sober companions will take them to work, go shopping and to the gym with them, and even family functions. The sober companion will utilize recovery coaching skills to help the client create a life without substance use.
  2. Implement the tools learned from the Recovery Coach or Mental Health Professional – The Sober companion can help the client in real time to begin utilizing their recovery tools in the real-world. The companion will be able to critique the client on a daily basis to help the client begin to practice these coping mechanisms and tools throughout their lives. The client will begin to see the benefits of this quickly as the sober companion eases triggers and cravings by being present and devoted to the client.
  3. Integrated Family Experiences – The sober companion will be present in all parts of the client’s life. The sober companion will become familiar with the family and will be able to utilize their knowledge and experience of the client to best help them remain sober. The sober companion will be able to also facilitate family work, helping the client to address difficult conversations and situations to alleviate some stress from the newly sober client.
  4. Tigger Management in Real-Time – Newly sober persons are usually bombarded with triggers and cravings. A lot of times newly sober people are alone and don’t have the ability to speak about these triggers with someone who can devote sometimes hours to talk them out of using. Sober companions are there to ensure that the client can work through these triggers without using. Sober companions will use their knowledge and training to ensure that the client identifies where the trigger is coming from, and will help to provide tools to prevent the trigger from returning in the future.
  5. Alternative to 12-Step Programs – Let’s face it, not everyone wants to get sober the “AA Way.” Sober companionship can help a client to find recovery outside of the traditional avenue of 12-step recovery. By utilizing new habits and structure, the client is able to create a life of recovery that is not the cookie-cutter way we are so used to seeing in the addiction treatment industry.

Sober companionship is becoming a leading avenue to recovery for many people across the world. Celebrities utilize sober companionship while working, people utilize companionship in the gym, grocery shopping and weddings. Having this concierge addiction treatment service creates space for the client to begin to live a healthy and happy life outside of traditional treatment norms!

Call our elite team to find the Sober companion that is a perfect match for you or your loved one.  We are here to help at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1; or visiting the  Sober on Demand website.

Top 5 Hidden Addictions You Need to Know About Today

 

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Top 5 Hidden Addictions You Need to Know About Today

Addictions are all around us. They can be hidden from view and come in many different forms. In today’s society, many people turn to addictions to cope with stress and anxiety. The word addiction often brings to mind drugs and alcohol, but there are many other types of addictions that people don’t always recognize.

Sometimes these addictions are obvious, but other times they can be more difficult to spot because of the socially acceptable nature of the addiction, such as eating too much or spending too much time on social media.

In this blog post, we will talk about five hidden addictions that you may not realize you have!

Alcohol

Alcohol addiction is the most common addiction in society today. Alcoholism often starts off as a social activity and then can progress into something more serious.

On average, alcoholics use 80% of their income on alcohol. The inability to stop drinking when they want could lead them to black out or having withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and shaking. Over time, alcoholics can lose their jobs, homes, family members, and friends.

To prevent alcohol addiction, set limits for yourself and stick to them. Apart from this, people who drink should not go to sleep in a drunken state, leading to alcohol withdrawal. You should also drink in moderation and not drink every day to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Internet/Games (Tik Tok)

Social media platforms such as TikTok have become increasingly popular due to how easy it is for users of all ages to upload videos on a daily basis. However, for some people, these social platforms can lead them down a dark path of addiction. A recent study found that almost 50% of internet users admit they have difficulty limiting the time spent on the internet.

The dangers of this form of addiction are that users may become so engrossed in uploading videos and watching others, leading to severe neglect from family or work obligations.

People may also become addicted to video games. More often than not, the addiction starts out innocently enough with one or two hours of video games a day. However, this can quickly escalate into many more hours spent playing online video games every night and neglecting friends, family, work obligations and even sleep.

To prevent these addictions, simply limit the amount of time you spend on it each day and make sure you engage with other people offline as well.

Food & Sugar

The addiction to food and sugar is a form that most people are familiar with. Those who eat more than their body needs may find themselves feeling depressed, anxious, or irritable if they go without eating for too long.

Sugar addiction, for instance, is an addiction that is not typically talked about. Sugar can become addictive when overconsumed, and most of the time, it’s found in junk food that’s high in sugar, fat, and salt.

The dangers of this type of addiction are related to weight gain as well as diabetes risk due to high blood glucose levels. Similar to other addictions, moderation is vital in order to avoid adverse health consequences.

Making sure you have a healthy balance of food and sugar will help prevent addiction without giving up your favorite foods altogether, which can be difficult for some people to do when they’re addicted.

Diet Pills

Another type of addiction not typically talked about is diet pills. Diet pills can be a common addiction as they’re easy to access and provide quick results for those looking to lose weight quickly.

Unfortunately, social media has also played a role in this addiction as many people are drawn to the quick weight loss results they see in advertisements. The social media aesthetic has also made people more insecure and therefore more prone to diet pill addiction as it is the only way they feel that they can keep up with others.

People think of themselves and their weight negatively, which leads them to take drastic measures like binge eating or taking diet pills to lose pounds quickly. As a result, the body goes into starvation mode because there’s not enough nutrition. Hence, people are becoming more and more interested in taking diet pills to lose weight without working on their lifestyle.

This type of addiction is extremely dangerous, with serious side effects such as heart problems and death due to dehydration. Anyone addicted should consult their doctor before taking any more diet pills or stopping altogether.

Sex & Love Addictions

Many people assume that addiction always involves drugs or alcohol. However, you may not know that sex and love addiction are also quite common. It involves an overwhelming need for sexual activity or feeling loved. People affected by these addictions often feel shame and are reluctant to seek help.

Sex addiction, in particular, can involve excessive use of porn, many sexual partners, excessive masturbation, going to prostitutes, and having affairs even while committed. On the other hand, love addiction is displayed by an unhealthy attachment and makes it difficult to maintain healthy relationships.

Final Thoughts

Many different types of addictions can affect a person’s life. If you think you’re addicted to something, don’t be afraid to find help and talk about it with someone who can understand your addiction. The important thing is not giving up on yourself and continuing to fight for sobriety. Be strong!   Reach out to our elite team at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1 or visit us at Sober on Demand