How Those on a Recovery Path Can Get Healthier in More Ways Than One
When you first decide to make a big change in your life and get help for a drug or alcohol addiction, most professionals will tell you that it’s probably better to avoid making a bunch of other huge life changes – at least while you get clean for a successful recovery.
This is solid advice!
But once you’re clean and firmly on the recovery path, it becomes an excellent time to make some wholesale changes in your life – to replace bad habits with positive situations and behaviors. This period or transition can be a time of total life renewal and invigoration.
Think about a change of scenery
It’s hard to fight bad habits if you’re stuck in the same place – physically and mentally – that you were when you were making bad choices.
Making a fresh start by moving can be a great way to kickstart some major life renovations. Of course, you should always be sure that you are in the right financial space to make this sort of decision, but if it agrees with your situation it’s worth considering.
Focus on your total physical health
Not only will this help you stay on the recovery path, but focusing on the big three pillars of good physical health will change you for the better.
You should rid yourself of your bad diet, sedentary habits, and randomized sleep schedule and replace them with a healthy, balanced diet, plenty of daily exercise, and a focused sleep schedule that makes it easier to function and deal with life’s many stressors.
Get into the habit of actively managing stress
Stress is something we all have to deal with, and those on a recovery path often have to deal with more of it than others. Many think that intense stress is something that you just have to deal with, let pass, and hope it doesn’t wreck you.
This is accurate, to a certain extent, that you have to let stress pass – but you don’t have to be so passive. Break out of this passivity and focus on taking active steps to combat stress.
That aforementioned exercise and better sleep habits will certainly help you battle stress, but there are more active ways to help yourself – relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation.
Replace toxic relationships with empowering ones
This is a hard step, but walking the recovery path is the perfect opportunity to shed negative influences in your life – whether they be familial, friendships, or romantic ties.
Toxic relationships not only hamper your recovery chances, but they also increase your overall stress level and hold you back from achieving other goals.
Shed toxic relationships and get out and socialize. Whether it’s through work, support groups, or online dating – meeting new people that share your vision for your future is one of the best life shifts you can make.
Reinvigorate your work life
If your career was derailed, maybe it’s time to branch out on your own. Becoming an entrepreneur can be a huge motivator, and it can be especially beneficial if your old job was a big source of stress.
Plus, when you own your own business, life has a different sense of purpose and motivation. Sure, running a business doesn’t eliminate stress, but it can give you momentum in your recovery.
Speaking of stress, one of the earliest decisions you’ll need to make relates to business structure. To keep your worries minimal, consider a limited liability company (LLC).
South Carolina LLC provides protection for your personal assets, plus there are tax perks. What’s more, it’s easily formed if you engage an online service. Once completed, you can start shaping your business and wooing your first customers!
It’s true that in recovery, it’s wise to avoid a bunch of major life shifts before you’re ready. However, a time will come when you need to make significant changes.
Focus on getting and staying clean first, and then begin to use this major life transition as an opportunity to rework all other negative aspects of your life.
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