Ms. Susan Treadway, an addict in recovery, authored the following guest post. She uses a holistic approach to sobriety to stay on a successful path and believes adopting even a few holistic methods can help anyone struggling with addiction.
Susan wants everyone to know that you don’t have to be a hippie to embrace holistic wellness – this concept is simply about focusing on your entire sense of well-being rather than just one part. She hopes her website, rehabholistics.com, will inspire anyone who has struggled with addiction to incorporate holistic practices into their own self-care routine.
When someone talks about fitness, you probably think of going to the gym and eating salads. However, there is more to full-body fitness than just taking care of your physical body. Consider these tips to help you better your overall wellness.
1. Prioritizing Getting Enough Sleep
To understand the importance of getting enough sleep, you just need to look at the side effects of not getting enough. Research shows that a lack of sleep results in fatigue, memory issues, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, and even paranoia or hallucinations. Sleep is crucial to your overall well-being, and not getting enough is dangerous to your short-term and long-term health. It can take years off of your life.
2. Say No When You Are Busy
Some people struggle to say no, and those people often deal with others taking advantage of them. Focus on setting boundaries with people and saying no when you are not available. Everyone has limits, and pushing yourself too far will only hurt you in the long run. You may feel uncomfortable saying no at first, but you will get more comfortable with it over time.
3. Get Exercise Every Day
Exercise doesn’t have to be tedious and boring. Find ways that you can enjoy getting exercise. You can sign up for movement, fitness, or martial arts courses at Martial – Fitness – Movement Online Academy. Start running at your local track or build your own gym at home. If you want to save money, you can do light workouts at home with body weight. Find a way to move a little every day, even if it’s just to go for a walk.
4. Remove Yourself From a Stressful Work Environment
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Take a moment to think about the things you do every day and how they affect you mentally. Your job is likely a top priority. Does it stress you out often? How could you fix that? If you work in an office setting, could you work from home occasionally? If so, set up a stress-free office space with everything you need at home. Be sure to include elements, such as plants and flowers that bring life to the room.
If your job is no longer rewarding, consider finding something you will enjoy. For example, if you understand medical coding and enjoy the process, here’s an example of an online medical coding course that you can get to learn the specifics of the trade. Then you can use those skills to start your new career.
5. Commit To Eating Better
Committing to eating better does not mean you have to change your diet overnight. That’s not reasonable or sustainable. You can enjoy a juicy burger or a piece of chocolate cake every now and then. Just try to include nutritious foods, such as fatty fish, greens, legumes, Greek yogurt, fruits, and vegetables in your diet.
6. Don’t Ignore Your Social Life
Humans need socialization. It doesn’t mean you have to adjust your entire personality if you’re an introvert. However, try to make some time to socialize with your friends and family.
Fitness doesn’t have to be synonymous with tedious exercise and restrictive dieting. It can mean something different for everyone. The key to wellness is finding a routine that allows you to better your mental and physical health and doesn’t become exhaustive or boring over time.
You’re doing great–keep going!
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