Society places burdens on people that they are not always able to bear. Some of this has to do with norms that are out there which people accept. Some of it has to do with how people see themselves in recovery versus what society thinks about people in recovery. The stigma still exists, which can derail confidence quickly if you are not careful. If you want to take ownership of your personal recovery, you might benefit from some tips on being more confident and less passive in your approach.
What society teaches about what is healthy and acceptable is different than what is actually healthy. Society might say it is fine to have a few drinks every week, perhaps even a glass of wine each night or a beer to ‘kick back and relax.’ Just because society says it is okay, does not mean it is healthy. Marijuana is becoming legal but so are cigarettes, and that does not mean they are any healthier than they were before they were legal or used so regularly. Fast food is everywhere now, including ‘healthier options,’ but they do not talk about all the processing that goes into that food to make it quick, easy, and cheap. Eating unhealthy food and practicing habits that are unhealthy can keep you from thriving in recovery if you are not careful.
If you want to take back your recovery, you need to be mindful of how much exercise you get. One of the keys to getting enough exercise is knowing what is right for your body, mind, and spirit as opposed to what is right for someone else. Social media can be toxic in this regard, shoveling images at you of masculinity and hyper-masculinization where men are fitter, more toned than ever at any age. The real idea behind exercise is to keep your body fit and healthy long term, but also to give you an outlet for stress relief and help you navigate recovery with a more clear mind and body. If you take care of your body, it will take care of you.
If you are struggling to find ways of setting yourself up for success in recovery, there are ways to get moving forward. Some helpful hints:
- Start small: don’t do everything at once. Pick one or two things to change and make better habits
- Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day with walking or yoga
- Meet up with friends who share the same idea about health and fitness who want to play basketball, throw a frisbee around on the beach, or just want to share time together while exercising
- Let go of what other people tell you to do in recovery. This is your journey. Focus on what feels right for you and release the need to please others
It is hard to know how to get started when you feel like so much has shifted in recovery already. The key is to stay focused on your goals for yourself and know your limits. Don’t make big changes at once. Instead, try to incorporate smaller changes over time to build up to bigger, better habits that sustain you for the long haul.
Nature is a great place to take a time out, get outside, and breathe some fresh air. We provide space for your to heal in recovery in a natural setting. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.