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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Garden Your Way to a Healthier Recovery

Did you know that digging in the dirt is a great activity to fend off symptoms of depression? This is partly because soil contains a harmless bacteria, called mycobacterium vaccae, which is touted for stimulating the production of mood-boosting serotonin. Mounting evidence also shows a direct link between depression and the time you spend outside.

What’s more, gardening can be a great mindfulness activity – keeping you in the moment and reinforcing the focus and patience crucial to long-term sobriety. Plus, it’s the perfect outlet for nurturing your creativity and your pride – just think how good you’ll feel about yourself when you harvest those juicy red tomatoes.

How Gardening Helps Your Body, Mind and Spirit
Here are some other study-proven health perks linked to toiling in the soil:
  • A better diet (especially if you grow a small fruit or veggie garden)
  • Improved mental health
  • Better sleep quality
  • Boosted self-esteem
  • Increased levels of vitamin D
  • Less stress, anxiety and mental fatigue
  • Reduced risk of bone loss
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Greater ability to achieve goals
  • More self control
  • Healthier weight
  • Better immune system
  • Lowered heart rate
Why not give it a try? You don’t have to have a green thumb; just the ability to head outside, soak up the sun and start digging! Gardening is a great bonding activity to do with your loved ones, so if possible, make it a family affair.

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Haven offers its clients a long list of holistic therapies that emphasize body, mind, and spirit healing. To learn more about our alternative treatment avenues, call our admissions team at 805-202-3440.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Everyday Ways to Mind Your Mental Health

It’s Mental Health Month, led by Mental Health America (MHA). Luckily, caring for your mental health doesn’t require a huge commitment; it may only take seconds to start feeling calmer, happier and healthier. Get started by adding these easy habits to your daily to-dos. 
  • Rise, shine and reach your goals. Your morning rituals can help set the tone for the rest of the day, so why not begin by focusing on your goals and tasks for the day. This will give you the motivation and drive to get going and cross off items on your list. 
  • Get up and get moving. Even if you just run up and down the stairs, getting your heart pumping will make you feel good and help alleviate stress. Or schedule exercise into your day as a much-needed mental break from your busy routine. 
  • Soak up nature. Going outdoors, especially when you’re surrounding by grass and tress, has been shown to boost self-esteem and minimize stress. This is likely due to the extra sun exposure that helps your body release mood-boosting vitamin D. 
  • Practice gratitude. Take a second (literally) every day to feel thankful — for your recovery, for the warm sunshine, for the fresh fruit from the local farmer’s market. Gratitude has been study-proven to increase your energy and your optimism.
  • Slow yourself down. We’ve all began cursing the minute traffic stops or the Internet connection slows, but this behavior can just add to your stress. Instead, take a deep breath and force yourself to mentally step back before reacting to the situation. 
  • Connect offline. Checking in with supportive friends and family, whether you chat on the phone or meet up for coffee, can make you feel included, involved and mentally happy.  
Holistic Healing at The Haven
We offer a variety of holistic treatment approaches, including acupuncture and massage and yoga and meditation to our clients. To learn more, call 805-202-3440.