As addicts and alcoholic we need to put our sobriety before everything, if we are not sober we will most likely lose everything that we hold close to us. If we relapse we will lose that new car we love, we will be kicked out of our homes and we will hurt our family members and friends. We must avoid a relapse at all costs. There are tons of tips and tricks to help with day to day life, to make it less stressful, to stay healthy and to work on improving the strength of your recovery will make avoiding a relapse easier. These 10 tips will help you better your life and continue on the right track.
1. Keep a Gratitude List or Journal
Take the time to make a list of things that you are grateful for. Adding to this list on a daily or weekly basis will help keep it as up to date as possible. If lists aren’t your thing then write a journal about what you are grateful for. During tough times, it can be very beneficial to take at look at these items. Reiterating to yourself the gifts and joys that have been brought to you during recovery, can help make those tough times move by faster and without incident.
2. A Healthy Diet
Having a good diet, consisting of nutritious foods will affect your health on a day to day basis. It will change how you feel today, tomorrow and in the future. Just because you are at a healthy weight doesn’t mean that you are healthy.
Having free time is great but being bored is not. If you find yourself having some down time and you’re not sure how to spend it look into volunteer work. It can be extremely rewarding and it allows you to help others and better your community.
4. Listen to Music
The relaxing power of music is universally understood. Listening to music can have an amazing relaxing effect on our minds and bodies. Slow, quiet classical music is amazing for this. There are albums specifically designed to help us relax. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.If classical music and the sound of waterfalls isn’t your thing then throw on some of your favorite songs and just escape for a little while.
5. Weight Lifting/ Weight Training
Weight training and weightlifting don’t mean bulking up with muscle. It encompasses much more than that. Body weight exercises are a great way to build healthy muscle mass, burn calories and increase strength.
6. Try and Meditate Daily
Daily meditation will help you stay in a positive mood throughout the day. It will help reduce the signs of aging and will help you manage to stress much easier. You will notice your concentration getting better and it will also help with cardiovascular health and will improve your immune system.
7. Breathing Exercises
The goal of breathing exercises is to reach the relaxation response. When you reach that goal your heart rate decreases, breathing becomes slower and deeper, blood pressure drops or stabilizes, your muscles relax and your body begins to heal. In addition, it will help with your energy and focus and will help boost your motivation.
Cardio health and all around physical fitness have been proven to help with both physical and mental health.Walking releases natural painkilling endorphins to the body. Walking help improves circulation, can help with weight loss, will strengthen muscles and can help with sleep. The positive effects of jogging are very similar.
9. Get Involved in a Support Group
Having a good support group is the foundation to a strong recovery. Find yourself a good support group, the most popular are A.A, N.A, S.M.A.R.T Recovery and Celebrate Recovery. These are all recovery groups that will allow you to meet others in recovery. Get involved and stay involved.
10. Help Others in Active Addiction
This is not the same as volunteering, you need to go out and help those who are still in the middle of their addiction. Lend a helping hand and help show them the way, you may not know everything about recovery but you may know more than that person who is struggling.
Many users will deny using and abusing drugs, so sometimes an intervention is a necessary part of their recovery process. Contact Intervention Services now at 1-877-478-4621 to start the process of getting help for you, your family and your loved one. You don’t need to wait for things to get worse. An intervention can stop the pain and chaos and help bring peace of mind to you and your family.