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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Boosting Your Recovery in 2019

A new year is always a new opportunity to evaluate your daily habits and find ways to make yourself a little healthier and happier as you work hard to live a full and fulfilling sober life. If you haven’t already, consider adding these recovery boosting activities to your day-to-day in 2019.
  • Exercise: There’s a reason that exercise tops the list when it comes to staying healthy – it makes you feel great physically and mentally. Taking up yoga or going for a daily walk or jog can make sober living more bearable, too. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins in the brain and can boost your self-esteem, which can be a major benefit for people in recovery.
  • Journaling: Writing can be a great therapeutic tool that allows you to check in with your inner dialogue, express your thoughts and feelings, learn from any mistakes and set goals for a sober future. Make it a point this year to make journaling a daily activity – when you wake up or before bedtime.
  • Proper nutrition: Eating healthy can make you feel so much better during recovery. Proper nutrition can help heal any organ damage due to abusing drugs or alcohol. It can also help increase your energy. Since substance abuse alters the “reward system” in your brain, you may find yourself craving foods high in sugar, fat and carbs – but resist. Instead, do your best this year to fill your body with “real food,” including fruits and veggies, low-fat dairy, lean meats, fish and tons of water!
  • Positive thinking: If you’re still feeling guilty for your past or angry at your addiction, this is the year to try to change that. Certainly, this is easier said than done, but keeping your mind from negative thoughts and feelings can be a great boon to your recovery. Your thoughts have the ability to impact your behavior and how you experience the world. Making a habit of seeing the positive side of situations can help reduce your stress levels and make you happier and more at ease during the recovery process.
Wishing you a safe, sober, healthy and happy 2019!

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