4 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle While in Recovery

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    Recovery, recuperation, and rebuilding are essential parts of life. It may be painful to realize that it’s time to let go and seek change, but there’s nothing quite like the relief that comes with knowing that healing is on its way. It’s time to look ahead to health, joy, and positive change. Here are a few ways to multiply your success on your recovery journey.

    1. Take Care of Your Body

    The mind, body, and soul are connected in ways we can’t even fathom. When your body starts to feel better, so will your mind.

    Both exercising your body and eating wholesome foods help foster a positive outlook on life and help grow the self-confidence you’ll need on your journey to recovery. Make regular exercise a top priority and you’ll benefit from an improved mood, higher energy levels, and overall greater physical health.

    2. Get Plenty of Sleep

    Speaking of taking care of the body, let’s not forget about getting enough sleep. Even if you stick to a regular fitness routine, all will be for naught unless you make an effort to get all the sleep your body needs.

    The wondrous healing powers of sleep make it a top priority for those on the road to recovery. By getting 7 to 9 hours each night, you’ll sharpen your focus, brighten your mood, and make better decisions.

    3. Create a Wholesome Environment for Yourself

    It’s time to redesign your living space and to declutter your life. Go through every single item you own and get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy. This includes any items that tempt you or remind you of past illness or addiction. If it doesn’t inspire healing, it’s an obstacle and it’s time to let it go. If you’re up for the responsibility, you may also consider welcoming a four-legged friend into your life. Owning a dog can actually improve your physical health, and the unconditional love and sense of connection they offer can be a big help in managing depression and anxiety.

    Now’s the time for a fresh start. The simple yet magical act of tidying up your life will help inspire positive change for you.

    4. Practice Mindfulness

    If there’s a one-size-fits-all cure for all of life’s ailments, it’s mindfulness. The healing effects of mindfulness make it a key part of any recovery journey.

    Practicing mindfulness by meditating reduces stress and helps you grow compassion for yourself. Don’t expect that all of your problems will be solved by meditating, though; mindfulness will simply give you the power to make peace with your life situation.

    Another great way to practice mindfulness is to show gratitude. Simply remembering what’s great about life has the power to improve your outlook.

     

    Overall, paying attention to what’s going on with your body and your thoughts will keep you focused on your health during this special period of healing. Take care of yourself, and take the time you need to build the new life you’ve been waiting for.

     

     

     

     

    Kathleen Carter is a teen who has been living with Asperger’s Syndrome for as long as she can remember. She strives to educate her peers and others about AS. Recently, she began focusing her efforts on writing proudly about how her experiences differ from other people her age. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to write for EducatorLabs.

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