28 Jul Five Holistic Tips to Keep You on Track in Early Recovery
Courtesy of our Beachwood Manager, Bianca Gill, we wanted to share with you some simple and practical tips that can help you stay on track in early recovery.
1. Healthy eating
When we are active in our addiction or struggling with mood disorders our eating habits are chaotic and unstructured often making choices of foods that are unhealthy and lacking in essential balanced nutrients. A part of recovery is to establish a good eating routine that includes regular healthy and balanced meals, seems simple in theory but not always in practice. Be cautious of any fad diets that may be out there as the new ‘it’ or ‘best ever’ diet, remember consistency and moderation are the key for long term success in maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Most of all try to find enjoyment in healthy eating, involve your loved ones and friends when preparing meals, attend a cooking class, give yourself time in the week to prepare for meals and make it a part of your recovery routine. You can derive fun and pleasure from healthy eating!
2. Daily and regular exercise
Scheduling time every day to incorporate exercise into your recovery routine is essential, it will help you to stay on track in recovery and will release those happy hormones that can really help our mood and general well being. Regular exercise can also improve our focus, concentration and determination to keep our recovery on track. Exercise doesn’t have to be high intensity and something you dread each day it’s about staying active. Vary your exercise and try new things that you would have never dreamed of trying you may turn out to love them! Regular exercise also compliments healthy eating and can help to improve sleep hygiene.
3. Good Sleep Hygiene
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep’’ E. Joseph Cossman.
A good sleep routine is essential in early recovery, this means 7-8 hours of sleep during the night. Aiming to be in bed at a reasonable time in the night and giving ourselves time to wind down are essential for good sleep hygiene. Trying to also get up early in the morning can also really set ourselves up for a positive day. Early mornings are great for exercise and 12 step meeting attendance, that early night time wind down is a great time for mindfulness, meditation and journaling to help give us clarity to sleep well.
4. Mindfulness, meditation & journaling
Mindfulness, meditation & journaling are essential components in early recovery. They help us to gain clarity, calm the monkey mind and they will help us to get the most out of any therapy we may be partaking in. There are so many different styles of meditation, mindfulness and journaling so be brave any explore the ones that may work for you they are such powerful tools in early recovery.
5. Professional and Peer Support
Continuing to seek professional support is essential in early recovery, they are trained and there to work within your best clinical interest. So stick to your booked appointments and honour yourself the time to seek professional support
Peer support is essential for your ongoing recovery, this can be friends, family, and peers in 12 step fellowships or other support groups. Make those conscious contact and stay in touch regularly they will help to make us accountable for our recovery. Having peer support can help to break the cycle of despair and isolation that is common in addiction and mood disorders, knowing someone else has been there and experienced the difficulties can help us to carry on in our recovery.
Beachwood recovery support encourage a holistic and integrated approach to recovery this includes daily group therapy, workshops, peer support group and 12 step meetings. Mindfulness, nutrition and exercise are also key for ongoing health and well being. Having a dedicated team to support you means that Beachwood can support residents to stay on track and establish a strong recovery routine giving you choice, autonomy and responsibility in your recovery.
Life is a journey with problems to solve, lessons to learn but most of all, experiences to enjoy.