Here are some practical tips for helping you stay on the road to recovery:
- Maintain a healthy diet. There is a strong correlation between diet and mental health.
- Sleep hygiene. Lack of sleep is tied to mental instability across many research studies.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise is proven to release good chemicals into the system.
- Set healthy boundaries.
- Say goodbye to your “using” buddies.
- Remove and block the phone numbers for your suppliers.
- Send a clear message to those around you that you are no longer using. This announces your intentions and helps keep you accountable.
- Remove yourself completely from unhealthy situations and settings.
- Practice self-compassion and make amends with yourself.
- Meditate regularly.
- Don’t make the process harder than it already is; get all the help you need.
- Work with a professional, either in individual settings or by attending an outpatient addiction treatment facility.
- Attend self-help groups.
- If you slip, don’t beat yourself up. Get back on track.
- Take responsibility for your choices and feel empowered that change is possible.
- Pick up healthy hobbies that make you feel good.
- Structure your day in advance. Too much free time can be problematic.
- Give back to the community.
- Let go of the past and engage in the present.
- Practice gratitude.
- Practice positive affirmations such as “I choose to live a healthy life”, “I love myself”, “I deserve to be happy”, etc.
- Smile, even if you don’t feel like it.
- Mend your relationship with friends and family.
- Change your job if it involves substances (e.g., for a person who abuses alcohol, being a bartender is not the best choice.)
- Set small goals and reward yourself frequently with healthy forms of recognition.
Recovery takes work and the above will help you stack up the odds of success in your favor.
All the best.
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