Living a healthy lifestyle is important for all of us. Diet and exercise can go a long way when it comes to living a happy and healthy life. This is even more true when it comes to those who are in recovery. Not only is nutrition and wellness important for getting the body back to functioning properly, but wellness and recovery go hand-in-hand for a variety of other reasons as well, both physically and mentally.
Nutrition in Recovery
One of the first things that tend to fall by the wayside during addiction is a person’s nutrition. Think about it: If your sole focus and purpose is obtaining and then using illicit substances such as drugs or alcohol, you aren’t really thinking about or worried about what you are going to have for lunch that day. Not only that, but there are many drugs that are actual appetite suppressants. It’s why so many people are malnourished when they enter treatment.
During recovery, one of the most important things to do is to get the body back on a healthy, nutritious diet. After all, without nutrients and a proper food balance, the body and brain can’t operate at its full capacity. While the changes won’t happen overnight, adopting a nutritious diet can result in many positive changes such as:
- A better mood
- More energy
- A better memory
- A stronger immune system
- Reduced risk of major health problems
A proper diet is considered so vital to the overall recovery process that some treatment facilities actually incorporate it into their therapies. Kitchen therapy, also known as cooking therapy or culinary therapy, not only teaches those in treatment the importance of a balanced diet, it helps show them how they can make some of these dishes at home.
In fact, kitchen therapy has been successful for not only the way it gives those in recovery something to do with their hands and minds, but also for how the creative application engages them on a very personal and imaginative level. Additionally, kitchen therapy is a great way to encourage people to socialize with others. After all, what brings people together more than good food and good conversation! Learning a new skill that can bring you and others enjoyment while also providing you the nutrition that your body and mind needs truly is a win-win.
Exercise in Recovery
While nutrition is an important step in the overall recovery process, it’s one part of an overall wellness plan. Another key component when it comes to wellness and recovery is exercise. Not only does exercise help your body perform at a peak level, but it can also help the body release natural chemicals that make you feel good without the need to turn to drugs or alcohol.
Other health benefits that can come as a result of a regular exercise routine include:
- An increase in lifespan
- Lower blood pressure
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer
Prolonged use of illicit substances weakens both the immune system of the body as well does damage to the internal organs of the body, including muscles. Developing a regular exercise routine not only helps strengthen the core of the body, but it can also help re-strengthen the body’s immune system. Exercise can also be a great way to relieve the stress and frustration that comes with the early stages of recovery.
Mental Well Being in Recovery
While both exercise and a well-balanced diet are good for the body, they’re both also good for the mind. While it is very important to improve the overall health of your body during recovery, it is also important to focus on your mind as well. After all, your brain is what controls the rest of your body so a healthy and properly functioning brain can go a long way when it comes to rehabilitating your body as well.
Focusing on your mental health and happiness is the difference between just being sober and genuinely living a fulfilling life in recovery. In order to do that, it’s important to get in touch with your inner-self and identify where you are succeeding from a mental health standpoint and where you still might need some help. When it comes to getting in touch with yourself spiritually and mentally, there are many different things that you can do.
Some of the more popular activities include:
- Martial Arts
- Tai Chi
While these are some of the more typical activities that people often do in order to get more in touch with their mental and spiritual side, it can really be anything that you enjoy doing that allows you to get more in touch with your inner self. Whatever it is that you choose, it is important that you try and do at least one of those activities every day in order to maintain optimal overall mental wellness.
Want To Know More About Wellness and Recovery?
While traditional therapy methods are important for those in recovery to help identify what triggered the addiction, it is equally as important spending time focusing on repairing the body. That’s why alternative therapies, as well as a focus on nutrition, are so important for the overall recovery process. They teach you ways to not only not focus on addiction while also promoting a healthy lifestyle and healing.
At Rock Recovery Center, we not only put an emphasis on traditional therapy methods, but also alternative therapies, exercise, and nutrition. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, they don’t need to suffer for even another day. Contact us today to learn about our treatment options including our alternative therapy options such as adventure therapy.