Beginning outpatient treatment can be an exciting step on the road to recovery, though there may be a few challenges to overcome. Some individuals may struggle to find balance in recovery as they strive to manage responsibilities, rehab appointments, personal health and other aspects of daily life.
Balancing life while in recovery will take time to learn and master, but these few suggestions may help you identify healthy habits to implement into your daily life.
Create a schedule that dedicates time for work, play and rehab appointments. Balancing work and recovery, along with hobbies and other enjoyable activities, will help you find greater satisfaction and joy in life. Be sure to fulfill your work and household responsibilities, but also set aside time for wholesome activities you genuinely enjoy.
Eat well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, stay hydrated and get adequate sleep. As you focus on caring for your body, you will be physically and mentally stronger. As you feel more invigorated and alert, you will be more capable of achieving your recovery goals.
Find healthy ways to deal with stress and other painful feelings. Try physical activities such as yoga or exercise, or consider participating in meditation. Keeping a gratitude journal may help you focus on more positive thoughts and feelings. When difficult emotions arise, search for ways to engage your mind to help you avoid a relapse.
As you pursue recovery, it is helpful to focus on progress instead of perfection. Allow yourself to feel a sense of achievement as you accomplish life's daily tasks. Set small goals for each day or week, and consider writing your accomplishments down to help you visualize your progress.
A solid support group is a valuable asset on the road to recovery. Set aside time to strengthen relationships with family members and friends, so you have people to turn to when you need help maintaining balance. Getting involved in your community is another way to expand your support group while also encouraging a sense of purpose and contentment.
Balancing life while in recovery is possible, especially with a supportive team on your side. At Diamond House Detox, we are committed to helping our clients achieve long-lasting sobriety and balance. Learn more about our outpatient treatment options by contacting us online today or calling us at 800-205-6107.