Developing Healthy Lifestyle Habits in Recovery

Recovery takes a lifetime; and it should be a healthy one. As National Recovery Month continues, and so many of us are examining how we live recovery and sobriety on a daily basis, it might be worth taking a look at our recovery routines of those of our loved ones to see if we’re treating our bodies, minds and spirits right as we travel this journey. There are multiple everyday self-care techniques we can adopt to make sure our recovery and our health is running on all cylinders. As easy as these things are to do, not doing them have significant consequences in our physical and emotional health and our quality of life.

For the Body

First, stop eating like a giant baby with money. The diet we consume on a daily basis has a direct influence on how we feel and the exacerbation of physical withdrawal symptoms. Work with your doctor to develop healthy eating habits that work for your individual metabolism and body chemistry. And speaking of your doctor, make sure you schedule regular wellness visits to continue feeling your best. Your doctor can provide invaluable insights regarding any lingering withdrawal symptoms you might be feeling and may even be able to determine your vulnerability to potential relapse. Lastly exercising on a regular basis is key. Working out releases endorphins and keeps muscles and tissue strong and healthy. If you’ve never worked out before, start off slow while incrementally engaging in higher-impact routines.

For the Mind

Continued follow-up with a therapist or counselor following treatment is critical, as is regular attendance at meetings. Individuals who “go it alone” in the initial stages of recovery often find it emotionally impossible to endure the transition back into everyday life. The chaos and turmoil we leave behind during treatment is often there waiting for us when we get back. Between problems with family, career damage, legal issues and other types of lifestyle factors, it’s essential that we have a support system in place to help us deal with the constantly emerging obstacles we can encounter. Your therapist can be your most critical ally, particularly in the first few months following treatment, to help avoid relapse.

For the Soul

In short…you do you.  It’s important to fill our days with the interests and passions that feed our souls and spirits. Whether it’s reading, playing or listening to music, painting, drawing cooking or any other type of healthy interest, these passions can be the key to helping us sustain long-term recovery. In a
“one-day-at-a-time” situation, it helps if each day is as fulfilling as possible. Set aside an hour or two per day for what you love.

The success of our recovery hinges on the quality of our lives. We have to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves and making ourselves happy in a healthy way if we’re to continue on our path to sobriety. With that said, are you staying happy and healthy in recovery?