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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Finding Your Mantra

Mantras are great tools for people in recovery. For one, they can help to keep you calm – just repeat to yourself “breathe” the next time you feel anxious. They can also help you fend off cravings – “I will not give into cravings” – and help you stop yourself from using again. 

Indeed, repeating a few simply keywords or phrases has been shown to alter your thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors – pretty powerful stuff! 

You don’t have to be a wordsmith, either. There are no rules when it comes to what to say; experiment with some phrases to see what keeps you calm and focused on your recovery. If you need ideas, we have a few mantras below for you to try. 

“I am in control of my destiny. That’s right, your addiction is no longer in control. With sobriety comes the ability to steer your thoughts, actions, and destiny – and this simple phrase can keep you going in the right direction.

“I deserve a better life.”  Many people struggle with low self-esteem or feelings of self-depreciation during recovery. Uttering this phrase (or some variation of it) can remind you that you are worthy of a healthy, rich, and sober life, no matter your past wrongs. 

“I am not alone in my recovery. Feelings of isolation can be a slippery slope into relapse, so the next time you feel lonely chant these words to remind yourself that you can turn to friends, family members, or addiction professionals to help support your recovery.

Staying Centered at The Haven
Taking a few moments to meditate before stressful situations can lead to more mindful decisions and greater strength to remain sober. At The Haven at Pismo, we offer a variety of holistic treatment approaches, including yoga and meditation, to our clients. To learn more, call 805-202-3440.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Alcohol Abuse Linked to Higher Heart Risk

A new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, links too much drinking with an increased risk of heart troubles. 

Specifically, researchers found that alcohol abuse led to a doubled risk of atrial fibrillation, a 1.4-fold higher risk of heart attack and a 2.3-fold increased risk of congestive heart failure.

They also estimated that eliminating alcohol abuse would result in more than 73,000 fewer atrial fibrillation cases, 34,000 fewer heart attacks and 91,000 fewer patients with congestive heart failure in the U.S. alone. 

6 Habits for a Healthier Heart
So it goes without saying that getting help for your addiction is perhaps the best thing you can do for your heart! And, if you’re already in recovery, you can continue to care for this vital organ with a few heart-healthy steps.

  1. Say yes to fatty fish. Adding a few servings of salmon, herring, sardines or tuna, for example, to your diet can reduce your risk of a heart attack. It can help fend off depression, too, as they are rich in mood-boosting omega-3s. 
  2. Learn the facts about fat. There are good fats (mono- and polyunsaturated) and bad fats (trans fats, hydrogenated oils and saturated fats). And a heart-healthy diet should include good fats, limit saturated fats, and keep trans fats as low as possible, according to the American Heart Association.
  3. Quit smoking. Nicotine releases a toxin that lowers the HDL (good) cholesterol in your body, putting your heart at risk.
  4. Commit to exercise. Physical activity boosts HDL cholesterol, lowers LDL cholesterol, and minimizes plaque build-up in your arteries – plus it keep stress at bay. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (jogging, cycling, hiking, playing tennis) most days of the week. 
  5. Make sleep a priority. Getting proper rest is a necessity for protecting your ticker. One study linked less than six hours of sleep per night with an increased risk for heart disease. 
  6. Meditate daily. This ancient practice has been study-proven to reduce stress and improve LDL levels. 
Alcohol Addiction Help at The Haven
Located in a tranquil beach town, The Haven at Pismo's inpatient addiction rehab provides a supporting living environment to begin your journey toward sobriety. We provide comprehensive care that is customized to your needs. To learn more, call today: 805-202-3440.