Getting back on track to sobriety after experiencing addiction can be one of the most difficult journeys to have to go through. However, with the right habits and support, you can be on the road to recovery sooner than you think.
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Exercise is a must
Getting into the habit of exercising regularly will be your saving grace if you want to avoid the trappings of your past. When you exercise, your body and mind grow stronger and more resilient day by day. Exercising is also a positive habit to help replace a negative pattern of behavior if you're looking for a healthy distraction.
Follow the right diet
Following the right diet is what is also going to be key to your success in maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Moreover, your body may be craving essential vitamins and minerals that may have been depleted over time. Again, it's about replacing negative behaviors with positive ones that are good for the body and mind. Eating a balanced meal will also help to stabilize your emotions and mood.
Start the day off with the right attitude
How you start your day can determine what the rest of your day will be like. Therefore, if you decide to wake up early to spend time meditating on good things before you rush ahead with your day, this can only help you achieve the goals you set out for the day. Again the focus here is on building positive habits so that you don't fall into old and familiar patterns. Other examples could include switching off from social media or reading an uplifting book instead of watching the news to help get you in the right mindset.
Minimize those things causing you stress
While a little bit of stress can actually be beneficial in helping you break out of a rut, too much stress can actually have the opposite effect causing ill health and mental disorders. This could then end up delaying your progress, especially if you suddenly take ten steps back for every one step forward. So if you feel like stress is getting the best of you, seek help now before it's too late from support groups as well as trusted friends and family members who you can open up to in your time of need.
Don't neglect your sleep
Sleep is an essential component of healthy living and healthy thinking. Moreover, it is one of those things that we can easily neglect because of the busyness of life. However, don't let busyness get the better of your sleeping pattern, as you will need as much rest as possible in order to heal properly.
Spend time on yourself
If you find that you have lost your way en route to sobriety, then it is vital to spend time on yourself to get to know your authentic self again. A remedy for this is implementing self-care as part of your daily routine so that you don't lose sight of yourself in the recovery process. For example, treat yourself to a shopping splurge if you find retail therapy therapeutic, spend time outdoors if you feel re-energized by being in the open air, or do a hobby such as arts and crafts if you have a creative streak that is just waiting to be unleashed.
Remember, it is entirely possible to get your life back on track to what it used to be before you felt the world crumble beneath your feet. Simply start off small with positive, uplifting steps in the right direction, and soon you'll be making greater strides than you ever imagined possible.
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Written by guest author:
Alanna is the Owner and Clinical Director of Breathe., LLC. Alanna is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor, and Certified Heartmath Trainer. Alanna has over 20 years of experience working in the addictions field. Alanna takes a holistic approach when working with clients, combining the mind, body, and spirit in counseling.