How to Stay Sober: 7 Tips for Recovery

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Congratulations!  You’ve made it to being sober and I’m sure that was one difficult ride. But you’re here which is wonderful.  At this point, you may already wonder what to do in order to stay sober and have a successful recovery.  

First and foremost, do what your doctors and counselors suggest first and then try to incorporate some of these activities.  They deal with a lot of human connection and self-expression.  Recovery can be fun, it doesn’t have to be boring!

Maintain Spiritual Connection

If you have had experience with a 12 step program, then you are aware of what you have to do: develop your spiritual connection.  In a 12 step program, people are reoriented spiritually, physically, and mentally.  

When you orient yourself spiritually, this allows you to take a step back from the memories and from physical experiences.  You have to intentionally work on changing your spiritual perspective so that you can continue to grow.  

The conscious effort of staying aware of your emotions, the world around, and maintaining a spiritual connection is often called meditating.  One of the best ways to help calm an anxious heart or distressed mind is to meditate.  If you can’t get yourself to a state of meditation, ask a partner or friend to help you recenter.

Focus on your spirituality a little every day and you’ll see a difference!

Therapy

If you aren’t one for relying on friends and family for help in continuing recovery, then perhaps a therapist is for you.  Keep in mind these aren’t quack doctors who are trying to get you to connect with every feeling.  Their goal is to help you grow perspectives, develop as a person, and work through some really difficult memories or emotions.  That’s quite literally a therapist’s job. 

Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma or judgment towards those that are able to get help.  Professional help is always a handy tool when everything is topsy turvy: the love and help of family and friends can also keep you on the straight and narrow too.   

Remember that the stigma of going to therapy is an old idea thanks to the voodoo mentality towards mental health.  This mentality is thanks to a few of the previous generations and a lack of understanding.  Thanks to expanding studies in mental health, the judgment towards therapy has been slowly declining.

Volunteer Work

Getting outside of the house is how you can change up your environment.  If you change your environment while working on human interactions, then volunteer work is a double whammy!

There are several volunteer projects in any state, city, and even county.  Take your time looking for something that fits you.  What that means is go with your hobbies or something that piques your interest.  Don’t go for something that you wouldn’t like!

For example, it would be fun for someone to volunteer organizing clothes for a shelter, while they may not enjoy working with kids.  See? There’s always an option and a way to help.

Not only will you pay forward the work that others have helped you with, but you can also have the opportunity to get to know many wonderful and caring people.

Get Outside

At one point in time, going outside was the answer to everything.  Then the big pharmacy boom happened and suddenly the outdoors and associated health benefits disappeared.  

Going outside, even if you have allergies, literally changes the electrical flow in your body.  Walking barefoot in dirt is an even better way to connect with the world around you.  The sun helps your body naturally produce Vitamin D (which most people are deficient in now).  

Going outside to get at least 15 minutes of sun daily has been shown to help mood, increase energy, and increase mental health.  The outdoors are a wonderful way to help yourself keep steady!

Physical Activity

Have you heard the phrase “just get it out”?  That’s kind of how physical activity can work.  Instead of letting yourself sit in an addictive phase, hop up and get to the gym.  

Working out helps cleanse your body of toxins, regulate your heart rate, decrease weight, increase muscle mass, improve lung capacity, and even help delay the onset of several physical ailments.

Any day is a great day to head to the gym: many programs offer trainer discounts so that you can start your gym journey off right.  Don’t forget to also check out rehab facilities that have physical activity such as Hollywood Hills Rehab.

Conclusion

Engaging in new physical activity, helping others, and getting outside are some of the best ways to help keep yourself on track.  Each one hones in on being around other people and also staying active.  Don’t worry: you’ve got this!

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