In recovery, you’re going to have to let go of a lot of bad habits. After all, addiction causes a lot of trouble in life. You may have ignored your health, damaged your relationships, and given up on things you cared about while you were using. Now that you’re in recovery, it’s time to start some new and healthy habits.
Taking Care of Your Body
Everyone needs nutrients and calories to help them survive. For many reasons, people tend to eat poorly when they’re drinking or using drugs. Now is a great time to learn more about the nutrients your body needs and start fueling it properly, with protein, healthy carbs, fruits, and vegetables. Eating well is a healthy habit that makes you feel better, too.
You may have neglected to see a doctor or dentist for years. Now that you’re sober, it’s time to take care of your body. Get a checkup and tell the doctor about any health worries you have.
Many people have discovered that drug or alcohol use masked symptoms of a health problem. If this is the case for you, now is the time to seek treatment. Take medication if prescribed and listen to doctors. You’re in charge of your health.
Make sure that you get regular exercise to help keep your blood pressure under control and reduce nervous energy.
Taking Care of Your Mind
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Taking care of your mind means listening to your emotions and learning better reactions. Self-care is one way to react to stress, anger, or anxiety.
Set aside a few minutes every day to practice meditation or breathing exercises. (There are some great videos online if you search around.) Meditation has proven to help lower blood pressure, reduce, anxiety and help with depression.
Other ways to practice self-care include exercise, listening to uplifting music, writing down your thoughts or feelings, or taking a quick nap when you’re feeling burned out. Brainstorm different things that help you remain calm or cheerful.
If you have a mental health disorder or feel like depression, anxiety, or anger are taking over your life, it’s time to work with a professional such as a therapist or psychiatrist. Treating mental health means following suggestions and taking medication as prescribed.
You can’t live life to the fullest when you’re living with an untreated mental health disorder. So please take care of your body and mind in recovery!
Getting Help for Addiction
If you or somebody you love has a problem with drugs or drinking, help is available! Recovery is a journey, and we can help you develop a roadmap. Get in touch to learn more about what our programs offer and how we can help. Contact us at 619-363-4767.