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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Recovery Activities to Count Down the New Year

Whether you have been in recovery for just a few short months or for many years, the upcoming New Year is the perfect time for reflection and celebration. With the New Year less than a week away, here are a few recovery activities to squeeze in before 2018.
  • Count your blessings. The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on your recovery and the positive impact it’s had on your life. Take a few hours this week to make a list of the things you’re grateful for in 2017. 
  • Record your milestones. Taking stock of both big and small recovery wins is a great way to stay motivated. As the year ends, time to write down a few of these victories. Some examples: “I’ve gone 100 day without a drink.” “I’ve spoken up in group therapy.” “I’ve gotten out of bed on days that feel hopeless.” 
  • Share your recovery story. Giving back to others is an important part of recovery and the perfect way to stay focused on your own goals. Think back to what inspired you and find an opportunity to share these tools to inspire someone else in recovery. 
  • Set some goals. Your new sober life is full of new experiences, a wider social circle, better health and a wealth of opportunities. Think about what you’d like to achieve in both the short- and long-term and list a few small steady steps to ensure you get there. 
  • Make a promise for better health. This time of year it’s typical to hear folks make a lot of promises to themselves – “I’m going to lose 20 pounds or exercise every day or quit smoking for good” – but what about just try to be a healthier you. Promise yourself to practice self-care, including eating better, exercising more and learning to better manage stress.
Wishing you a safe, sober, healthy and happy 2018! 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How Creativity Can Help Your Recovery

A little creativity comes with a long list of benefits for people in addiction recovery. For one, a creative hobby is the perfect sober distraction to fill the void you may feel after years of active addiction. 

Creativity has also been linked with better emotional health. From simple doodling to singing your favorite song, moments of intentional creativity can come to the rescue during the highs and lows of recovery.

Here are a few more ways that creativity can benefit your recovery: 
  • You’ll process your feelings. Addiction recovery comes with a host of emotions and tapping into your creativity can help you better understand and resolve those emotions so they don’t lead to relapse. 
  • You’ll ease anxiety. Even creating for 45 minutes with simple art supplies — like markers and paper — can help decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study published in Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Similar to meditation, artistic expression provides a perfect distraction and mental space from daily stress. 
  • You’ll experience sober fun. An important part of lasting recovery is creating a fulfilling sober life – and finding a creative hobby can help make this happen. Creative activities promote play, after all, and can help you rediscover the fun, lighthearted part of yourself. 
  • You’ll grow your sober social circle. People bond through common experiences and interests. Joining a knitting group, for instance, can help you meet new, like-minded friends. 
About Our Holistic Therapies 
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