Addiction takes a toll on people’s health, no matter who you are. Even if you play sports, work out, or try to stay healthy, addiction will eventually rob you of your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Dealing with co-occurring disorders or medical conditions can even make things more challenging. Chances are, you have tried to get healthy in sobriety but it has been a challenge. Here are some tips to help you get started.
What helps when you are starting out is to get a plan. Get a healthy lifestyle plan that will support good eating, sleeping, and social habits. The last thing you need is to be over tired and over stressed about life in recovery. Set a daily habit of getting 30 minutes of exercise each day and work on progress, not perfection. You can work on building off this foundation later.
Watch for Triggers
Triggers and cravings are as much a part of recovery as any other component. Relapse prevention starts with self care and recognizing the signs for possible triggers. Be self aware and take good care of yourself. This will help you stay focused on good health.
Affirmations work because words have power, especially internally. Ads for food, clothes, and other items work because it reinforces affirmations that you need this, this item will make you happy, and so on. Positive affirmations that help you live a healthy life can be helpful, especially if you are sober for awhile and need to reinforce those positive patterns of behavior.
Recovery is a lifelong journey, but it is not the whole game. Every day does not have to feel like drudgery just because you are in recovery from addiction. Of course it is work, and of course it is hard, because it has to be hard to be worth doing. However, healthy sober living means taking care of your whole self. This means:
- Finding new movie genres to enjoy
- Building model planes
- Reading books
- Exploring fun hobbies with friends
Meditation is not just for sissies, it is serious business. It brings lots of presence of mind, calmness, and peace. Sitting in stillness, focusing on the breath, and getting in touch with one’s soul can do wonders for overall mental and physical health.
There are many ways to get healthy without really trying, but honestly, you have to put in at least some effort to see results. After all, sobriety did not find you, it was the other way around. You had to let go and admit you had a problem with addiction before getting help. Now’s the time to focus on staying healthy for the long haul but also have fun doing it.
Sound Recovery promotes healthy mind, body, and spirit in recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, we have recommendations for ways to help you heal. Call us to find out how we can support your journey: 561-277-3088