As you know here at Natural Flair we are passionate about raising awareness of mental health. This month we have a guest blogger Adam Cook.
Adam Cook is interested in helping people find the necessary resources to save their lives from addiction. He started AddictionHub.org after losing a friend to substance abuse and suicide.
2018 is here and it’s time to get your life back on track so you can thrive this year. This may seem hard because you’re currently going through addiction recovery, but now is a better time than ever. Take advantage of this time where drugs and alcohol are not ruling your life and make the changes you want to make.
Listed below are some ways that you can help facilitate your addiction recovery and have one of your best years yet.
Don’t forget to exercise
When you workout, your brain releases a feel-good chemical called dopamine, which is the same chemical released in your brain when you’re doing drugs. Exercise not only helps you relieve stress, but it can add structure to your days, especially if you develop a fitness routine with classes or regular morning trips to the gym. Exercise also requires commitment, which is an important skill to learn while you embark on the road to recovery. It will also help heal your body and your brain, which have been damaged by the drugs you’ve been using. Exercises can include biking, running, walking, yoga and hiking.
Nature has a way of helping you forget your problems and appreciate the little things. Whether you go for a walk in your local park or you take it to the next level and road trip to your closest national park, mountains, lakes and sunsets can help you take your mind off of your addiction and focus it on your recovery. Nature will help bring you back to the present and give you the healing you need to be free of your addiction. Nature has a way of relieving stress, increasing relaxation and reducing depression, which is something you may be battling since going into recovery.
Start a new hobby
What are you going to do with your time that was once occupied by alcohol or drugs? Hobbies are a great way to introduce something new and exciting in your life. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try that you didn’t ever find the time to do? What about taking up gardening, cooking, swimming, photography or sewing? Hobbies are a great way to turn off your mind to thinking about your addiction. If you’re not sure where to start, ask a friend if you can do one of their hobbies with them. It can be a great way to relieve some stress with someone close to you.
Eat healthy foods
A healthy diet can give you the energy you need to power through the day, especially if you’re going through recovery. Remember to stay hydrated and drinks lots of water. Drinking water regularly can flush out toxins in your body and aid in the healing process. Say goodbye to caffeine, because it can cause anxiety and insomnia. When you’re going through addiction recovery, you need to be able to get a good night’s sleep, and sleep troubles are going to be common. Try and cut out sugar and refined carbohydrates, as well as saturated fats. Load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. Healthy fats aid in cellular repair and the absorption of nutrients and vitamins. Fiber is a good way to fill you up (think barley, brown rice or quinoa).
Have you been struggling with mood swings in your recovery? Meditation can be a great way to regulate your mood. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress levels and increase mindfulness. Meditation focuses on deep breaths and training the mind. Once you start breathing deep, try and clear your thoughts. There are different methods of meditation that include concentration and mindfulness.
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