If you are trying to commit to sober living, you can't afford to let your guard down for a minute when it comes to your recovery. People addicted to drugs and alcohol often sacrifice their physical health to their illness, either through poor eating habits or lack of exercise.
Now that you are in recovery, you need to commit to putting your health first and treating yourself well. Here are 4 common mistakes people in recovery can fall into - make sure you avoid them to lower your risk of a relapse.
1. Not Getting Enough Exercise
Physical exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. For one thing, it's an excellent stress-buster. When you get physical exercise regularly, the activity increases blood flow to the brain, which releases endorphins, the body's "feel good" hormones. This positive feeling is a natural treatment for anxiety and depression. Finding an activity you enjoy will help you keep busy and may even serve as an effective relapse prevention technique.
2. Failing to Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a type of meditation where you train yourself to focus on being in the present. When used effectively, it helps you to relieve anxiety (which is focused on worrying about things that have not happened yet) and have a more positive outlook.
3. Eating a Diet High in Fat and Sugar
When you are in recovery, you need to make a point of eating well. This means eating a low-fat diet low in sugar. You should be getting no more than 30% of your calories from fat per day.
Your diet should include lean cuts of meat, poultry, and fish, as well as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Low-fat dairy products can also have a place in your eating plan. Prepared foods may have high salt content, and you should read labels carefully so that you know exactly what you are buying before you make your purchase.
4. Not Including Vitamins to Your Diet Plan
No one eats a perfectly balanced diet every day, and by including a multivitamin in your eating plan, you can ensure you get all the nutrients you need. Look for one that contains B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C and Omega-3s.
Deciding that you will take good care of yourself when you leave the drug and alcohol treatment program should be part of your overall plan. The life skills development therapy you received gives you some tools you can use to rebuild your life as a sober person. Eating well and getting regular exercise will help you deal with the stresses of everyday life without resuming your old ways of coping by using drugs or alcohol.
Here’s to a healthier life!