Another guest post, this time from Constance Ray of Recoverywell
This is the Best Way to Facilitate Your Recovery
Recovering from addiction is a lifelong process. It involves behavioral, mental, and physical changes that don’t happen overnight and that require regular management. But, it’s possible to lead a sober life and minimize your chances of relapse; the best way to facilitate recovery and maintain your sobriety is to commit to a mental and physical health routine for the long term.
Make Mental Health a Priority
It’s far too easy to get caught up in negative thoughts and allow stress and cravings to derail your recovery efforts. That’s why making your mental health a priority and learning techniques and coping mechanisms for overcoming negative thoughts and feelings should play a vital role in your recovery. You may seek counseling or take advantage of treatment options to guide you throughout the recovery process. You also may opt to join a support group or social support network that will offer advice and wisdom to facilitate your recovery.
Another way to make mental health a priority is by spending time in nature. Being outdoors helps reduce
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stress and anxiety and helps you refocus your thoughts and energy on your overall well-being. Take some time off and escape your stress and triggers by finding a local, relaxing outdoor retreat. Enjoy one of California’s many mountains, streams, lakes, oceanside beaches, and gardens. Many offer hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, kayaking and canoeing opportunities, and all of them boast relaxing sights and unique activities.
After enjoying an outdoor mental health boost, return home and continue to boost your mental health by regularly practicing yoga. Not only does yoga strengthen your core and increase your flexibility, but addiction specialists and people in recovery benefit from the relaxation techniques and therapies that yoga offers as a supplement to traditional recovery programs. Specifically, mind-body activities such as yoga and meditation help those in recovery sit quietly, calm the body and mind, and experience peaceful feelings. They put their mind at ease and learn to tolerate the negative thoughts and feelings that so often lead to relapse.
Make Physical Health a Priority
Improved physical health is just as important to your recovery as improved mental health. That’s one of the reasons why yoga is a great exercise for recovery; it integrates the body and mind and helps recovering addicts get back into their body by feeling physical sensations and relying on yoga to manage the anxiety, stress, and depression that often trigger a relapse.
In addition to yoga, you should incorporate aerobic exercise for 30-60 minutes three to five times a week. You can begin by walking or hiking outdoors to benefit your mental and physical health at the same time. The more regularly you exercise, the better you will feel, because you’re boosting your physical strength and mental health. You’re likely to find that your stress, anxiety, and depression lessen as you spend more time exercising. Rather than turning to drugs or alcohol to manage your stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts and feelings, you’ll turn to exercise as a stress reliever.
If you haven’t exercised for a substantial amount of time or aren’t sure what workout might be best for you, start by experimenting with different workouts. To make exercise more fun, consider finding ways to get active outside. For example, go for a swim, play with your pet, ride your bike, play with your children, go for a hike, or take a stroll alongside the Pacific Ocean (or any body of water) to become more active and improve your physical health. You could also organize a neighborhood game of baseball or volleyball.
Staying on the path toward recovery is much easier when you make your mental and physical health part of the journey. Keep your stress at bay and reduce your risk of relapse by visiting a relaxing Los Angeles retreat, spending more time in nature, practicing yoga, and exercising regularly.