Replacing Alcohol And Drugs With Music
The difference between drugs and other sources of pleasure is that drugs bring along a whole baggage of negativity which you constantly have to monitor for. Once has to obtain the money for the drug, get the drug itself, enter an appropriate state of mind to use the drug, hide the drug use from family and friends and attempt to function while maintaining a relationship with the drug. But did you know that you can utilize music to escape reality?
With music, it’s a much simpler process which can be enjoyed anywhere and at anytime. But drugs are much more complex and people easily lose control of their drug use. Many people use alcohol and drugs to escape their reality:
- Dealing with an eating disorder
- Dealing with depression or anxiety
- Dealing with PTSD or OCD
- Dealing with breakups
- Dealing with a divorce
- Dealing with bullying or cyberbullying
- Dealing with the loss of a job
- Dealing with a scary and disappointing medical or psychiatric diagnosis
- Dealing with deaths
- Dealing with insecurities
- Dealing with a bored state of mind
. . . and the list goes on. Music can be utilized to bring peace of mind in all the situations listed above. What music to listen to comes down to your tastebuds, but genres such as ambience, psychill and trance are very good at relaxing the mind, making you think about life and helping you to escape reality.
Some of you are probably thinking, “I don’t have patience with music. The only time I have it on is in the car or maybe when I’m at the gym.” There’s nothing wrong with the above scenarios, but to really make the most out of music, you have to find a quiet and comfortable spot and dedicate some time of your day to really flow with it.
Flowing with music involves relaxing in a comfy position in your home or in nature and just getting lost in your thoughts. Allow the melodies to massage your mind and your thoughts to flow like the wind. Try closing your eyes and entering a meditative state with the background music soothing your ears, while sparking your imagination.
Not only will you feel good about yourself by remaining sober from alcohol and drugs, but you will come to appreciate what music can really do for your emotional and mental well-being! With the right genre playing on a consistent basis, music can become your new escape, especially during times of stress.
Don’t underestimate the power of good music. Utilize this source of pleasure more often and just drift with it; allow it to give you wings to your mind and flight to your imagination! Allow music to set you free from your troubles. And on a positive note, music doesn’t provide withdrawal effects, depressive and anxious states or trouble with the law.
But music can get you high and what is better than a natural high? Don’t fly by this one. Give music a chance.
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)