Like many people, you may notice that your social life – or even your business networking –involves plenty of drinking. In many places, when a friend or colleague says, “Let’s meet for coffee,” they mean a drink or two.
But despite how much people try to normalize drinking alcohol or using drugs, it is not suitable for you in any amount. Alcohol and drugs affect the brain in negative ways. According to the Department of Health, drug use can cause serious changes in the brain that influence the way you think and act. Some substances can cause cancer, heart disease, lung issues and mental disorders like depression.
So, although we are going to highlight some cool things to do while high, we recommend staying away from abusing substances as much as possible.
Decide to get off drugs forever
You probably are using drugs and alcohol to fill a void in your life or to feel better. It could be that you’re feeling inadequate towards yourself or the world. However, abusing substances is never the solution. Once the high is over, you’ll have to face reality again. Emotional, physical, and psychological issues don’t resolve with drug use. If anything, it’ll only make the situation worse. The best way to take care of these issues is to get professional help. So, take advantage of this time to decide to get off drugs forever. Drugs aren’t the solution – they only add to the problem.
Drink iced water
Hydration is critical when you’re high. It keeps your mouth moist and helps you to feel better the following day. Ice water is the best way to hydrate when you are high because it cools your body and keeps you alert.
Watch a movie
A great movie never disappoints – and the experience is even better when you’re high. Grab some popcorn, turn off the light, and play a movie that you like. Thanks to platforms like Netflix, you have limitless options for the films. Here are some recommendations to get you started.
- Fight Club
- Pineapple Express
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Reefer Madness
- Rolling Papers
- The Naked Gun
Devise a plan to get back your friends
One of the greatest downsides of abusing substances is strained relationships. If you are like many people who abuse drugs, you might have pushed some of your friends and loved ones away. In that case, this might be a great time to come up with a plan to win them back. Make a list of the people you’ve hurt with your drinking and note down how you’re going to fix the relations.
Listen to music
Music has some of the most incredible therapeutic benefits. Certain tunes trigger the production of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These neurotransmitters enhance the feelings of well-being and happiness. Listening to music is definitely one of the things you should do while high. Not just because of your mental well-being and physical health alone. Research shows that enjoyment goes way beyond the present moment because it influences the outcome of your hormones and cognitive functioning. Listening to music sober is a lot of fun, but it’s even better when you’re high. The parts of the brain that draw relations between ideas are stimulated when you’re high.
Here are some cool songs to listen to when you are high:
- Let It Happen by Tame Impala
- Terrapin Station by The Grateful Dead
- The Kids Turned Out Fine by A$AP Rocky
- Futureworld by Com Truise
- Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
- 10,000 Days by Tool
- Happy Colored Marbles by Ween
- Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
- Turtles All The Way Down by Sturgill Simpson
- Future Sex/Love Sounds by Justin Timberlake
- You Enjoy Myself by Phish
- Numb & Getting Colder by Flume
Play video games
Video games promote a healthy lifestyle, increases social activity, and make you a better decision-maker. Studies show that gaming can help people suffering from cravings or addiction to reduce the intensity of their desires. But that’s not all. A nice game can help you form stronger relationships with your friends and family members because of their matching love of games. If you are homebound, you can pair couch lock and couch co-op for a fantastic time. You can also play board games if that’s what is available or what you prefer.
Read a book
Reading a book sober is always better – but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it when you’re high. Since your attention span tends to diminish when high, it might be good to go for short reads. You may also want to find an exciting fiction book. Here are some books to read while high:
- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
- Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
- The Lord of Rings
- Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs
- The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
- Wonder Boys Michael Chabon
- Drop City T.C Boyle
- On the Road Jack Kerouac
- Alice in Wonderland Louis Carrol
- Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig
- The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
Do some dancing
If you are in a club and are feeling extra energetic or adventurers, you can hop on to the dance floor and whip out a couple of dance moves. Dancing is a fun and refreshing activity and is also a great exercise. Going to a local dance club allows you to get some social interaction, do some incredible exercise, and create new experiences. If you are at home, you can learn or practice dance steps to stimulate your mind.
It is always a good idea to keep clean. The easiest way to do so is to take a quick shower and put on some clean clothes. A long bubble bath can also work the magic. In this case, you want to turn out the lights and light some candles. You can also play your best music or listen to an educative podcast, to learn a few things.
Find your Zen
Activities like Pilates, yoga, meditation are great for flexibility and core strength. They are also good for your brain. Many people get high before a long and relaxing meditation session – you can do this too. Find some chill place, roll your yoga mat, light some candles, and find your inner Zen. You can even meditate about a sober and fulfilling life.