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Ways to Boost Your Recovery and Avoid Relapse

Recovery is not one simple process involving only abstinence from addictive substances. Rather it is a combination of different factors that come together to form a healthier lifestyle where addiction has no room to grow. Fostering long-term recovery requires working on a variety of different areas of self-care to improve your confidence and general wellbeing to avoid relapse. Taking small effortful steps like these can help you make huge strides in your addiction recovery. 

Eat healthy

What you eat can have a major impact on how you feel, whether sluggish and tired or energetic and focused. Since addiction can have such a detrimental effect on your nutrition, one way to boost your recovery is to ensure you’re getting a healthy diet to restore your body’s optimal levels of nutrients. You should be having regular balanced meals that incorporate all the major nutrients including protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  

Take pride in your successes

The most accurate indicator of future success is past success. So every day that you remain sober can give you more confidence in your future ability to remain sober. As you make your way through recovery, you’ll find that these small milestones are an important anchor to keep you accountable for maintaining a sober lifestyle. Celebrating successes, in and out of addiction treatment, can give you confidence and boost your ability to avoid relapse in the future.

Remove clutter from your life

Clutter can create chaos literally and figuratively. A simple way to boost your recovery is to declutter your spaces by eliminating things that contribute to mess without contributing value. This is a symbolic act that can help you learn to eliminate objects, habits, and people that don’t serve you or your recovery. Being in a clean and organized space can improve your overall mood and make you more productive. 

Invest in your health

If you’re in addiction treatment, it’s because you care about your mental and physical health. An often neglected aspect of our health is regular checkups. A good way to stay invested in your physical health is to make efforts to regularly visit the doctor and the dentist in order to keep your body healthy. Regular checkups and screenings can ensure early detection of potentially deadly illness and disease. 

Practice gratitude

Few emotions are more beneficial than gratitude. Making a habit of focusing on the good things in your life that you’re grateful for can have long-lasting implications on the way you view the world. This can lead to improved mental health and better relationships with loved ones. A simple way to practice gratitude is to write down things you are grateful for when you’re feeling down or as a habit on a regular basis. 

Enjoy the outdoors

Being in the outdoors and in the sun can greatly improve your physical and mental health. For instance, hiking or swimming can improve your overall level of fitness, which also has positive effects on your mood. Moreover, the outdoors are a calming setting that can help clear your head and improve your mood, which makes it a great way to relax and prevent relapse. 

Learn to set boundaries

Social factors can play a big role in the development and maintenance of addiction. That’s why learning to establish and communicate healthy boundaries with people around you is an important way of safeguarding your long-term recovery. Learning to maintain boundaries is one of the most effective acts of self-care you can learn to practice. The more you do it, the more you’ll hone this skill, allowing you to apply it in your home, workplace, and countless other areas of life. 

Live in the moment

Unhealthy patterns of thinking thrive in the past and the future. Thinking too much about what could have been in the past can lead to feelings of sadness and regret, and worrying too much about what happens in the future can lead to anxiety. On the contrary, focusing on the present moment can help you become comfortable with yourself and make more mindful decisions about how you spend your time.  

Meditate and do yoga

Meditation and yoga are both practices that can teach you to focus on the present moment and help you achieve inner peace. They can clear your mind when your thoughts are racing and if you stick with it, you’ll find that they’re effective at reducing stress. As an added bonus, yoga tones your body and strengthens your muscles. 

Accept yourself and where you are in recovery

One of the most important lessons you can take from your recovery journey is acceptance. You have to recognize that it’s okay to be flawed and make mistakes, even while working to improve yourself or get to a better place in life. Being too harsh on yourself will only hinder your recovery because it’ll increase negative emotions. It’s also crucial for you to give yourself time to build up the skills to achieve long-term recovery. Setbacks are normal and accepting them is part of the process. Make an effort to accept where you are, because future goals can only be achieved one day at a time. 

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