People who spend years in the throes of addiction are usually malnourished physically, mentally, and spiritually by the time they seek treatment. Long-term drug and alcohol use takes a terrible toll on the human body; part of the recovery process is healing from the damage.
Fortunately, the human mind and body have a remarkable ability to bounce back from harm caused by heavy alcohol and substance use. While recovery is adopting a new set of traditions and principles to apply to one’s life, it is also about physical and mental rejuvenation.
The courageous men and women who seek professional assistance learn the importance of taking better care of one’s self. The process starts with abstinence, but once the withdrawal symptoms subside, it’s time to focus on nourishment. Physical exercise, eating healthy, and developing regular sleeping habits are essential to progress.
Putting the above behaviors into action isn’t simple for most people in early recovery. Addicts and alcoholics typically are sedentary and have unhealthy diets and irregular sleep patterns. In treatment, clinicians encourage clients to develop an exercise routine and to eat nutritious foods. What’s more, there are usually established lights-out times to help clients foster regular sleeping habits.
The hope is that one will continue with the established healthy routines long after they leave treatment. It takes a tremendous commitment to prioritize well-being in early recovery, but those who do will strengthen their program and protect against relapse.
Taking Better Care of Yourself in Recovery
The first year of addiction recovery is challenging for several reasons; you have to contend with cravings, emotional ups and downs, and working a program. It’s draining to manage and cope with daily obstacles and still find the energy to promote physical and mental well-being.
In previous posts, we’ve discussed the value of exercise and nutrition in recovery. Both behaviors facilitate and expedite the mental healing process. Those who eat right and exercise feel healthier, which enables them to stay positive about their quest to achieve long-term sobriety.
Sleep is another component of recovery that is essential. Since many people in early sobriety have trouble with slumber, developing healthy sleeping habits can be challenging. One’s mind wanders a lot in the first months of abstinence. Uncomfortable memories of past experiences keep people up at night.
Fortunately, troubling feelings about your past will subside the longer you are in the program. Still, it is vital to take steps to establish regular sleeping patterns in the meantime. There are several things you can do to get to bed with greater ease and sleep through the night.
When the day is coming to a close, make a point of creating a welcoming sleep space that is quiet and free from unnatural lights. Studies show that sleeping with the television on disrupts the internal process and can prevent individuals from going through the five stages of sleep. If you do not go through the sleep cycle completely, it prevents the healing effects of slumber from occurring.
Sleep is a vital element of life, and you will benefit significantly by doing anything you can do to get a better night’s rest. It’s also helpful to take a brief moment before you lay down to clear your mind. Push away negative thoughts and focus on what you are grateful for in your life today. Such behaviors have a calming effect that will help you fall asleep easier.
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At Pacific Shores Recovery Center, we provide men and women with several programs and services to strengthen their foundation of recovery. We offer detoxification, treatment, and sober transitional living; we will meet you where you are and guide you to where you want to be. Please contact us today to learn more about our Orange County addiction programs.