Recovery is an ongoing journey and there are lifestyle changes which can support and benefit you.
Here’s just a few below:
This doesn’t necessarily mean go for a 5-mile run every day. Even a walk around the block or 10 minutes of yoga can be highly beneficial. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain which help you feel happier and more positive.
Trying to build a routine that involves eating at similar times everyday means you aren’t likely to forget, and the good stuff in food is great for lifting mood and energy levels. It also allows your body to get the nutrients it needs to repair itself.
Getting enough sleep is very important; your body uses this time to restore itself. Falling asleep and staying asleep can be challenging for people in early recovery but there are a few ways to aid restful sleep such as limiting caffeine and turning off all electronics before trying to sleep.
Whether this involves connecting with your higher power or 10 minutes of meditation, mindfulness is a great tool to help re-centre and reflect. It can also help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress which in turn help aid restful sleep. Sitting still in itself can be a challenge but the benefit is worth it - trust us.
As well as being a great way to pass the time, hobbies can increase confidence and connect you with like minded individuals. One of the most rewarding activities some people find in recovery is volunteering. You can find out more about volunteering with Recovery Connections and Recovery Connections Enterprises by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find ways to relax and manage stress
Stressful situations are one of the most common triggers for relapse. There are ways to manage stress and anxiety such as breathing techniques, meditation, journaling or exercise. Self-care and self-awareness are also important for this lifestyle change - don’t overcommit yourself or pile too much on your plate
Have you considered joining in with any of the groups on our virtual community group timetable? Connecting with peers can help combat feelings of solitude and isolation, contact us or your key worker for more information on how to access them - it’d be great to see your face in one of our groups!
If you need support managing your recovery, would like to engage more with the recovery community, or even just want to chat, get in touch with our team.