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Taking Care of Your Health in Recovery

When was the last time you took the time to take care of your health? If you’re new to recovery, the answer may be troubling. When a person is active in their addiction, a lot of things can fall by the wayside as substance abuse becomes more prevalent in their life. Addiction can take away a lot of the choices an addicted person once made and took for granted. Finances, relationships, and workplace or career goals are often sacrificed to get high. Commitments that you may have made to yourself are often scrapped, as well.

Taking Care of Your Health Needs

As a person who is no longer using alcohol or drugs, your goal is to live a healthier, safer, and happier life. Health can have a significant impact on your happiness. It’s vital that you get regular checkups with a doctor to take care of any health issues that arise. Why is a yearly exam so important, you may wonder. The answer is simple: your annual bloodwork can often pick up on health problems long before you feel the negative symptoms.

As we age, we become more vulnerable to disease and hereditary conditions. Many people struggle with simple disorders like high blood pressure, thyroid problems, and anemia but don’t know it because they don’t often see the doctor. Having these issues identified can help you keep them under control.

Taking care of your health is a big part of what many people call “adulting” – you’re in charge of your own life, and it’s empowering when you choose to do the right things for your health.

Healthy Eating and Exercise are Important, Too

Now that you’re clean and sober, it’s important to take a look at what you’re putting in your body. Eating greasy or fast food can take a toll on your body and deprive you of the nutrients you need.

It’s time to take charge of your diet and fitness habits, too. Eat more vegetables and fruit and try to avoid unprocessed food.

Exercising can help you regulate your emotions and handle stress better. If you don’t currently have a mode of exercise you’re used to; it’s time to start moving. Just walking 15 minutes a day, 4-5 times a week, can vastly improve your health, help improve your blood pressure and help with your stress hormones and metabolism. Start with walking and build up to other types of exercise if you’ve always been a couch potato.

Or, you may want to return to forms of exercise you’ve left behind. Pick up and dust off your bike or your surfboard and commit to using them for an hour a few times a week. You’ll feel better and have fun, too!

Getting Help for Addiction

Are you looking for a holistic, inspiring retreat to help you get centered and find sobriety? Join us at Las Olas Recovery, a state of the art clinical detoxification center in Baja California (Mexico). Contact our intake department by calling (949) 279-1376 (in the United States) or (612) 153-5726 (in Mexico).



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Hi! I’m Melissa Stailey, a freelance writer that loves to cook. I live and work in Washington, DC.