Recovery: A Healthy Mind and BodyDaniel Helfand
Healing the mind from the ravages of addiction involves healing the body. Your brain and body are not mutually exclusive; they are one. If the health of one is neglected, the other suffers. For people determined to achieve lasting recovery, it’s paramount to nourish and prioritize physical fitness.
Early recovery is a challenging time when the mind is healing from years of alcohol and substance use. The process of healing is made more accessible by establishing healthy routines and habits to replace the old destructive behaviors. Those who prioritize eating healthy foods and exercising feel better and are able to focus on their recovery as a result.
Do you exercise? Do you eat rich and nutritious foods? If you do, that’s wonderful; if you do not, then it’s not too late to start. You have the ability to introduce healthy routines into your life, just like you were able to remove unhealthy influences such as drugs and alcohol.
If you went to treatment for addiction or co-occurring disorders, then you were probably instructed to rethink your diet. Your clinicians and counselors also informed you of the benefits of physical fitness activities, and that the release of endorphins can help energize your recovery.
Hopefully, you continued following those recommendations after discharge. It’s not easy. Watching television and fast foods are always options, and binging Netflix and eating McDonald’s is less work than preparing salads and taking a walk or run several days a week. Finding a balance in recovery takes practice, but you can find it if you are mindful.
A Balanced Mind and Body in Recovery
At Concise, we understand that some people have limitations and may not be able to run or lift weights. However, you can improve your physical fitness by taking daily walks or engaging in low-impact exercises like swimming. Whichever workout routine you decide on, be sure to moderate. It’s easy to dive headfirst and make physical fitness an unhealthy habit, one that stands in the way of focusing on recovery.
The same is true for eating healthy and watching your weight. It’s essential not to obsess over one’s weight and continuously concern yourself with what you are eating. Such behaviors can also stand between you and progress.
In recovery, moderation and balance are a must. Whatever you do, go into it slowly and thoughtfully. Consider what you are doing and how it makes you feel. Talk to your support network about how they balance diet and fitness routines. They will likely offer valuable guidance on the subject that can influence your behavior in productive ways.
Remember that progress, not perfection applies to everything in your life today. You do not need to be the most physically fit or the healthiest eater to receive the benefit. Being mindful of such behaviors and their necessity are beneficial on their own.
If you are not eating healthy or exercising at all, please try to start eating a few healthy meals and taking a 30-minute walk 3 to 5 times a week. In a short time, you will experience the benefits of your new behaviors. You will feel better and be more positive, which will enable you to keep putting your recovery first.
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Please call or email Concise Recovery if you or a loved one is battling alcohol or substance use disorder. Our Los Angeles-based facility team can help you detox, treat your addiction, and assist you in adopting a program of recovery. We are available at any time to answer questions about our programs and discuss your options. 888-978-5424