The summer is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your program of addiction recovery. Especially if you find yourself with extra time on your hands. After all, you wouldn’t want free time to impact your program negatively, idle time being the devil’s plaything—and such. It isn’t a secret that addicts and alcoholics struggle with time management, and using their time beneficially. However, one can use downtime as an occasion to practice budgeting one’s time, to better round out their life.
For most people in recovery, their days often look somewhat similar throughout the year. The usual meeting, going to work, eat, sleep and sometimes a little idle time for relaxation in between. But many of those in recovery have seasonal jobs or go school. So, come summer you may be one of the people who finds themselves struggling to fill their day with healthy behaviors. To be sure, binge watching Netflix shows is not exactly conducive to strengthening your recovery. With that in mind, let’s delve into some practices that can increase your chances of avoiding relapse.
Exercise, Prayer and Meditation In Recovery
With the weather in high spirits, it is always a good idea to get outside and soak up some rays. Take a walk or hike, perhaps other members of your recovery circle will go along. In Florida, there is no shortage of sun or beachfront. You might try making a point of taking advantage of the sand and surf. Interestingly, it is when we are outside that we find ourselves most receptive to our “higher power.” A connection that is of the utmost importance.
While most people get down on their knees in the morning to pray and meditate, there isn’t any reason why you can’t take this beneficial practice outdoors. If you are with other people, take a moment to seclude yourself from the group, so that you can better establish contact with the spiritual realm of your recovery.
Spending an hour, or more, outside everyday can do more for your program than you might think. One way to look at it is like so, most of your substance use occurred indoors. So then, your recovery may flourish better in a setting that is not synonymous with abuse. Over the summer there are meetings you can attend that take place outside, weekly or at recovery retreats. Such gatherings can be a wholly spiritual experience.
Your connection to a higher power is paramount, but it is always worth remembering that your body is the temple that houses spiritual receptors. If your house is in disarray, it can be detrimental to your program. Eating poorly and not exercising can wreak havoc on your program. You may not like going to the gym, but during the summer you can exercise in the great outdoors. Walking, swimming and biking are few ways to better your health.
Getting Help This Summer
If you are still using drugs or alcohol, the aforementioned suggestions may not apply to you—yet. But they probably make some sense to you, either way. Maybe this summer is a good opportunity to break the cycle of addiction and seek help for the debilitating disease of addiction. Please contact us at Synergy Group Services to begin the process. Our holistic approach to addiction recovery has helped numerous individuals get their life back. Maybe this can be your summer of recovery. We can help.
Newly sober? If you’ve started a journey to addiction recovery, now might be a good time to fuel your recovery by working up a sweat. Running is one of the best forms of exercise and it delivers a staggering number of health benefits. Studies have shown that running drastically reduces your risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure and can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Running is also especially helpful for those working on their sobriety. It’s a powerful stress reliever and natural mood booster that can combat cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal. Plus, it can help counteract the trauma that your body has endured during years of substance abuse – healing and restoring your physical and mental health.
Ready to get started? Here are a few strategies to help you hit the ground running!
(1) Ease your way into it.
When you’re adopting a new habit, it’s important to set yourself up for success. Give yourself small, reasonable (and specific) goals that are attainable. For example, instead of training for a marathon right away, commit to running a few minutes every day for the next four weeks. That way, you’ll be able to look back on your success, recalibrate your goals and continue pushing yourself forward.
(2) Track your progress.
Keep a journal of your running routes and the distance you cover. It can help keep you more accountable to your goals. And, there are plenty of free running apps you can use on your smartphone to record all of that for you. Some of the best include RunKeeper, iMapMyRun and SmartRunner.
(3) Fuel up beforehand.
Most experts recommend that you a small snack (200 to 400 calories) about an hour and a half before going out for a run. This gives your body enough time to digest it and make it available for your body to use as energy. Keep this rule of thumb in mind when you’re putting together a running plan. If you already get up early for work, it might make more sense to run in the evening.
Tip: As with any exercise regimen, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor in advance.
Holistic Addiction Treatment in Florida
At Synergy Group Services, our holistic approach can help you heal your body, mind, and spirit from the damage of addiction. We offer our clients a variety of holistic therapies, including physical fitness coaching, acupuncture, massage therapy, art therapy and biofeedback. We have been helping people recover for many years and if you are concerned about your own use or that of a loved one, don’t wait; call today: (888) 267-8070.