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How Can I Slow It Down?

woman uses clock to slow down her thoughts

“How do we learn to keep a clear head when we usually see red at the first sign of problems?” questions Annika Rose. “It takes time and a little bit of practice, too.” Impulsivity can come with a variety of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Many of those struggling deal with their feelings by coping with drugs or alcohol. Some people may even find themselves in sticky situations with their minds racing and unsure of what to do. This is when we tend to make bad decisions. In these situations, patience is key. You’ve got to learn when to slow down, take a breath, and proceed with caution. Continue reading to learn more about how to do just that!  

Slow It Down

Life may seem like it’s speeding up, but you don’t have to hop on that train too. Allow yourself to be patient and wait for the next train that is better suited for you. It may not even be the next one to show up. This is where patience comes in. You must wait for the right moment, not the next moment that presents itself. Rose has discovered that healing happens when you are patient. “The most patient people are those who embrace the enjoyment of the full experience, knowing that calmly moving past the setbacks will lead you to a greater sense of appreciation in the end.” It’s about the journey, not the destination. Although cliché, it’s true. That’s what recovery is about.   

Get Back on Track

If you are feeling like you are overwhelmed still, try to carve out a moment of time for you to ponder the following questions from Rose:

  • “Remind yourself — what have you done like this before?
  • How did I cope last time I did something like this?
  • What can I learn from that?
  • How can I break down what I need to do into manageable tasks?
  • List those manageable tasks here…
  • Who can I ask for help?
  • What can they do to help?
  • Keep one day a week free of commitments. Next week that day will be…
  • My regular ‘free’ day will be…”

These questions will help you get back on track. They require patience and confidence in yourself. You must trust that you can get through this moment. You’ve got this!  

All About the Attitude

Now that you’ve slowed it down and gotten back on track, you have to learn how to sustain this new positive lifestyle. Attitude is everything. The more positive you are, the more likely you will be to continue down the road to recovery. It isn’t easy, and not every moment will be all sunshine and rainbows, but what is worth having ever is?  

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you slow it down when things are difficult. We have the programs that will offer you an extra layer of support when you need it. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to hear from you!