Healthy habits are always important, especially in recovery.
When we begin our recovery journeys, our lives drastically change. Even when we’re immersing ourselves in meetings and therapy, it can feel as if we need more of an anchor — something to ground us in our day to day lives and help us get to know ourselves better. As newly sober individuals, this is both an exciting and tenuous time. We are learning coping skills, developing knowledge and tools for recovery, and replacing old habits with newer, healthier ones. After we stop using our substances of choice, it’s important that we fill that space with activity. Boredom and ennui can be dangerous in early recovery, as it lets our minds wander and can tempt us to slide back into our addictive patterns. Early recovery is a great time to get to know ourselves again and form sustainable, healthy habits that will support us in our recovery journey and beyond.
There are countless examples of positive lifestyle choices and habits that will bolster our mental health and overall recovery. Part of the process of starting healthy habits involves getting to know ourselves better. Begin by asking yourself what kinds of activities, foods, and hobbies you love to do but got lost during your addiction. Your joys, interests, and curiosities will offer clues as to which healthy habits will be most sustainable and healthy for you. Additionally, ask yourself what makes you feel great. We’re all different. Some of us love playing sports and others of us love to make art or dance. There’s no right or wrong answer, as long as it doesn’t disrupt your recovery and sobriety. Of course, there are some common examples of healthy habits that we should all engage in. These include healthy sleep patterns, hydration, consuming lots of fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, spending time in nature, meditating and mindfulness activities, and healthy socializing. This is an exciting time where we get to create the life that we envision for ourselves.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life.