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Drug or alcohol addiction takes a heavy toll on the body of an addict, having long term effects, even after they have successfully completed a treatment program.
What can a person in recovery do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Part of maintaining long term sobriety is making positive healthy choices that will steer you away from possible triggers and put you in a position where you can feel good about your “whole wellness”. Whole wellness is about balancing your mind, body and spirit, in the best way that fits you. We are all different, from what our body physically reacts to, what makes us relax and also what we believe, never the less there are many things we can do to achieve “whole wellness” that can help support long term recovery and over time will help heal and repair the body, mind and spirit.
The body is a temple, when you feed it with healthy food and exercise it, even just a little, the effects are profound. You may not realize it immediately, but when your body has undergone the tremendous stresses of addiction, what it really craves is healthy nutrients and healthy activities.
” The mind is very powerful, it drives our choices before they become actions”
The beauty about whole wellness is that everything is link to one another, so when you give your body the healthy boost it needs, you begin to see how a healthy lifestyle effects your mind. Your mind is incredibly powerful, actually more so than your body, it drives our choices before they even become actions. Give yourself the time to clear your thoughts, release stress in a positive manner and continuously work on freeing your mind from negative matters that could lead to triggers, or negative actions. Dedicating time to healing your mind is extremely important and could even be the difference of whether you relapse or not.
Thirdly the spirit is what joins your body and mind together to complete your whole wellness. This is your spirit and what you are spiritually connected to. For some that maybe God, nature or something else, but whatever it is use equal amount of time that you spend on your body and mind on your spiritual wellness. As you begin to do this you notice that people around you will begin to feed off your positive wellness, which in turn can help you through the on going recovery process.
We’d love your hear your thoughts and ideas on what you do to maintain health and wellness in your life?