Overcoming addiction takes a lot of determination and strength. Without support from loved
ones and little tricks to get through the rough patches, recovery can seem nearly impossible.
The key is to keep positively active, doing things that benefit your wellness and keep your
mind occupied. Here are a few things to incorporate into your everyday routine.

Meditation for Stress Reduction

Meditation has been shown to improve symptoms of mental health problems such as
depression, stress, and anxiety which makes it an ideal activity for someone struggling with
addiction. Meditation can be as long or as short as you need it to be to fit into your schedule.
Though it takes some time to become an effective meditator, having a beneficial activity that
requires plenty of focus is good for taking your mind off the addiction.

Group Therapy for Support

Group therapy is a good way to get direct support for the issues you are facing. Particularly if
you are handling several things at once, it can be good to know there are others experiencing
the same thing. For example, people who are both pregnant and struggling with addiction
offer a different kind of support as opposed to a group of people on the autism spectrum
struggling with addiction. Even if your specific group can only be found online, support and
advice from a trained counselor are critical aspects of recovery.

Streamline Your Diet

A poor diet can contribute to mental health problems as well as physical health. You should
spend a day researching beneficial diets, establishing what nutrients you need and how to get
them, and collecting recipes. Even if you lead a busy life, you can still improve the way you
eat.
You might try freezer meals, meaning you cook for one day a week and craft frozen meals for
the rest of the week. It does mean a little work on that one day, but providing yourself a
nutritionally-balanced, home cooked meal each day of the week is worth it.
You could also try slow cooker meals. Slow cookers meals can be prepared at the beginning of
the day and are ready to eat at the end of the day. This makes it ideal for a full-time
employee.

Seek Enjoyable Exercise

Though exercise in all forms can be very beneficial, it’s best to find a type of activity you
enjoy. Maybe you want to combine meditation and exercise and take yoga classes. Perhaps
you prefer hiking on nearby trails. Or maybe you prefer to do home workouts from YouTube
trainers. Swimming, and specifically aquatic therapy, is also a great choice for people in
recovery. What matters is you look forward to the activity, and you are getting some exercise.
Regular exercise will improve both your mental and your physical health, making your road to
recovery that much easier.
Addiction recovery is not just about therapy, though it is important. It’s about bettering your
life and treating the root causes of addiction. Exercise, food, relaxation, and support are the
best ways to stave off the depression, stress, and anxiety that so often comes with addiction.
It is important to keep living, stay active, and remember that recovery is possible.

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