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Friday, January 27, 2017

Create Your Own Spiritual Ritual Today

Spirituality can be a crucial part of your long-term sobriety. Fewer cravings, increased hopefulness and less anxiety are just a few of the many study-proven recovery benefits. Being spiritual doesn’t have to mean being religious; it’s about connecting to the world around you and believing in something bigger than yourself. 

One way to cultivate spirituality into your everyday is to come up with your own spiritual rituals –and they don’t have to be complicated. It may even be something you’re already doing. The point, however, is to bring consciousness to whatever repetitive acts you do choose. 

According to Time magazine, Ben Franklin woke up every morning and asked himself: “What good will I do today?” and each night, he asked: “What good did I do today?” This simple yet powerful ritual brought intention to his life and his actions. 

What will work for you? Here are a few suggestions to get your mind and spirit working: 

Perform personal affirmations. Whether chanted out aloud or jotted in a journal, daily affirmations can help cultivate spiritual growth and a greater sense of self. Try a few upon waking or prior to shut-eye: 
  • I can handle the recovery tasks ahead of me.” 
  • “I will be my best self today.” 
  • “Today is a new day filled with hope.”
Make meaningful connections. Something as simple as a weekly social gathering or phone call with a close friend can become a sacred ritual. And the same goes for volunteer work or support group meetings. Just showing up and being able to help someone else can nourish your spirit.

Tap into your artistic side. Take time each day to do something that you enjoy that’s creative. By feeding your creativity you’ll be feeding your spirit. Some ideas:

  • Color
  • Write a poem
  • Cook
  • Knit
  • Sing 
  • Dance
Carve out quiet time. This will give your brain and spirit some much-needed breathing room – to think and reflect on the past, present and future and to assess who you are and who you want to become.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Finding Fitness Motivation

Whether you vowed to move more as part of your New Year’s goals or have included exercise in your overall sobriety strategy, you likely know by now that the benefits are plenty. Physical activity makes you happier and less stressed and it also helps fend off some pretty serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. 

3 Tips to Stay Motivated
Knowing that something is good for you and doing that something that is good for you are two different things. Even with the best intentions, it’s easy to let exercise fall by the wayside – especially with all of your other recovery to-dos. The good news: You can motivate yourself to make movement part of your every day. Here’s how: 
  1. Think movement, not exercise. You can reap the benefits of exercise without hitting the gym. The goal is this: Move more – and that can mean taking the stairs, cleaning the house, or parking further from the store. 
  2. Set a date – and stick to it. Whether it’s a daily walk with a friend or weekly yoga class, setting an appointment can help keep you accountable. 
  3. Write it down. An exercise journal is a great motivational tool. Start by tracking what you did and for how long (and don’t forget to include household chores) and add it all up at the end of your day. Consider jotting down how different types of movement made you feel; for example, relaxed or reinvigorated or more limber. 
Let Us Help You Find Fitness Motivation
The best form of fitness during addiction recovery is the kind that motivates you and supports your n
ew sober lifestyle. At Complete Harmony, our hybrid addiction recovery program offers exercise planning to strengthen your body during addiction recovery. To learn more, call: 866-930-4673.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stress Management Is Key for Recovery (and Your Heart)

The fact that stress and heart troubles are related may not be news to you – however, researchers have yet to fully understand the full mechanisms. A new study published in The Lancet this week revealed an interesting link between stress and the heart: the brain. 

Researchers found that people with greater activity in the amygdala, the area of the brain that controls fear, stress and emotion, were more likely to suffer from heart attack, stroke and angina (chest pain) in the future. 

Increased activity in the amygdala was also linked to more activity in the bone marrow tissue – and “that in turn may impact the arteries, causing inflammation, which then could lead to a cardiovascular disease event, such as a heart attack or stroke,” study author Ahmed Tawakol told

While more research is still needed to understand the entire reaction, Tawakol said that stress reduction exercises have been found to reduce both the size and activity of the amygdala. 

Here are a few things you can do today to manage stress and enhance your recovery: 
  • Create a mantra. It doesn’t have to be complicated; a simple phrase like “I am in control,” or “I am making progress” can help keep you calm and focused on your recovery. 
  • Go for a vigorous walk. There’s nothing quite like exercise to increase those feel-good endorphins and keep stress at bay.  
  • Streamline your day. Over scheduling yourself can quickly lead to stress, especially during the first 90 days of recovery, when you’re most likely to relapse. For now, just focus on recovery essentials and aim to complete one or two tasks per day. 
  • Make sleep a priority. Seven to eight hours of solid shut-eye can do wonders to restore your body and mind and improve your ability to cope with stress. 
  • Start a journal. Journaling is a great way to discover the source of your stress — and then to release it by writing down your thoughts and feelings.
Find Inner Peace at Complete Harmony
At Complete Harmony, we encourage the use of many different cutting-edge techniques  including yoga, meditation, and acupuncture to help patients control stress on their journey toward sobriety. To learn more about our treatment center and our approach to addiction recovery, call today: 866-930-4673.

Friday, January 6, 2017

5 Ways to Fight Back Against FOMO

The Fear of Missing Out, or “FOMO,” is dangerous for people in recovery. Defined by Google as “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website,” this phenomenon has become more and more common amid the never-ending social network posts and apps to check. But FOMO can happen offline, too. For example, if you start thinking about that party your old drinking buddies are at right now.  

FOMO can make you feel sad, lonely, anxious, or envious — and it can trigger thoughts about using again. It can also cause you to obsessively check your social media feeds, which can increase your risk of anxiety and depression, according a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. 

Try these steps to spend more time enjoying the now and less time feeling a Fear of Missing Out:

  1. Start a journal. And keep track of all of things you have or have yet to achieve. This will help you feel more thankful and less envious of others. 
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others. Social media makes everyone’s life seem perfect, right? Remind yourself that everyone has personal hurdles and obstacles and that fun Facebook posts or Instagram photos don’t equate a happy and fulfilled life. 
  3. Be patient with yourself. It’s okay if it’s too early in your recovery to attend social events or start-up a relationship or complete that marathon. Set small goals and realistic expectations to avoid feelings of shame or self-doubt. 
  4. Slow the mind. Practice mindfulness meditation in order to be more present and to slow down and enjoy the everyday moments. This will help you more fully appreciate your friends, family and activities and prevent you from chasing the next “thrill” or event. 
  5. Get moving. Physical health is crucial for good mental health. Whether you go for an invigorating walk or hike, exercise can help you boost your feel-good endorphins so you’re less anxious or depressed about the things you may be missing out on. 
Relapse Prevention at Complete Harmony
At Complete Harmony, our holistic relapse prevention plans provide the tools that you or someone you love needs for lifelong sobriety. After recovery, our staff encourages you to continue holistic therapies and find groups and community resources that support your commitment to sobriety. To learn more, call 866-930-4673.

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