Rebuilding Your Life Through Holistic Self Recovery
Rebuild Your Life in Four Areas of Holistic Recovery
You must create your own path by taking actions that you find will work for you. This is going to take some of your own trials and errors with your very own experiences. Through healing and building your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual areas in your life, you are addressing your whole self. You can take and accept some suggestions from others that you want to heal the whole self; but you cannot always rely on what other people tell you. You will never have the exact same path as someone else. Any person that tells you that there is just one successful path that you must follow is wrong. The four areas of Holistic recovery are addressing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual parts of your life. It refers to treating the whole person and not just singlong out the one problem. Here are the four areas that are important and will help you create your very own path in recovery from addiction.
1. Physical exercise is an important and powerful way to help you in you recovery. This is probably one of the most necessary commitments that you can make. Exercise fights off depression and helps stimulate endorphins and dopamine production, replacing the high from chemicals. The natural high increases over the months and years if you continue to do regular, vigorous exercise. It is important to sweat, even if it’s only for ten minutes at first. This is what gets the chemicals moving in our body. This will increase your overall state of well being, which helps the way we are feeling in recovery.
2. Emotional stability will rarely be recovered quickly. First, try to become aware of your emotions. Simply being able to stop and think about your feelings as they are happening can lessen the effect they have on you. Being able to see your emotions as they come, put a label on them, and accept their temporary presence in your mind and body gives you the opportunity to decide how to respond. Responding maturely will come second nature instead of the inappropriate behaviors they did once provoke.
Journaling and writing help with your emotional stability and are excellent coping mechanisms to help you on your path to recovery. By writing your feelings down and keeping a journal of your thoughts and triggers, you can become more aware of your overall patterns and track your own progress. This will help you to see that you are changing and how you are changing.
Meditation is another great tool, it can help your emotional stability greatly. It changes your brain for the better, resulting in greater mental clarity and improved memory recall. Meditation also helps regulate brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, so that a person feels more upbeat, positive, and relaxed. It reduces anxiety, fears, and general stress. Meditation results last and sustain a person long after practice of meditation has ended. There is no crash or “come down” from the way you feel by meditating. Getting your emotional stability on track with meditation will improve all the other important areas of your life as well. The third aspect of mental healthy maintenance in recovery is to taking your medications properly and keeping all of your doctor appointments.
3. Spirituality has been shown through research to help stay sober in recovery from addiction. Spiritual techniques are both diverse and widespread. This may include the practice of meditation, daily prayers, scripture or devotional reading, and the regular fellowship with like-minded believers in a church or group setting. People who regularly incorporate spirituality principles in their recovery from addiction may benefit with an improved ability to cope with stress, an increased sense of self-worth, and feelings of greater joy and happiness in daily life. Developing spirituality can give a person a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life. it is overlooked often, but having a purpose is critical to your path to recovery. We all have a need to feel like we belong and what we are doing is helping something or someone. This gives our life true meaning and will help to progress.
4. Mental recovery is a learning process. We build layers of interconnected knowledge about how we can stay clean and sober through simple techniques. It is one of the most important factors in achieving long-term sobriety and living a happy and fulfilling life in the process.
Mental health refers to the state of our emotional, psychological and social make-up — the interrelated thoughts, feelings and behaviors that heavily influence our life choices and experiences, the way we handle stress and our relationships mental health issues can take a toll on the physical form. A stressed mind, by any means, creates a stressed body. Addiction actively abuses the body with harmful substances. Depression can cause lethargy and a lack of motivation. Anxiety, on the other hand, can cause muscle tension and high levels of stress which also harm physical health. Eating disorders can cause organs to shut down. Restoring physical health supports mental health. Trying to recover when in poor physical health can feel like twice the battle.
You learn to maintain a healthy, satisfied and balanced lifestyle by making sure to maintain abstinence, establish healthy relationships, eat nutritiously, get adequate rest, exercise and work on resolving personal problems. After an individual establishes this healthy lifestyle, he or she must live it on a daily basis. This grounds you with a sense of security, love, and acceptance.
One of the main benefits of holistic medicine is that it does serve to treat the whole person and not just the current problem. By working to find the root cause of an addiction, a person could be more likely to avoid relapse.
In the End ...
It is possible for a person to experience sobriety and not even start the process of recovery. Recovery, on the other hand, involves much more than just momentary sobriety. Recovery with the whole self is a process that includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. Holistic treatment refers to treating the mind, body, and spirit. This involves an approach that addresses physiological, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Although addiction has common characteristics associated with it, please understand that each individual is unique and thus addiction recovery should be so also. Holistic addiction recovery can work for each person that learns to create their own path while incorporating the components of holistic treatment.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Stephanie Billon