Our Top 5 Sober Independence Day Activities

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Independence Day is upon us once again, bringing the increased risk of a relapse for many people in recovery. Holidays can be especially dangerous because they tend to lack the structure that defines normal days, leaving you with extra hours to fill. With that in mind, you’ll need to have a plan for how you’ll spend the day in a way that helps you avoid pitfalls and triggers. Here are suggestions for our top five sober Independence Day activities. 1. Attend a Recovery Meeting You can start your day on a positive note by using the morning to go to […]

Healthy Goal-Setting Strategies for a Positive Lifestyle

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The need to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic has left many of us with extra time to reevaluate what we are doing with our lives. It’s an excellent opportunity to ask yourself if you have become the person you hoped to be, and, if not, what you can do to get there. If you take stock of your aspirations and realize you have fallen short, it’s never too late to hit the reset button with these healthy goal-setting strategies. 1. Begin With Intention If you’ve ever practiced yoga, you know the importance of setting an intention before you begin. Intention, […]

The Dangers of Non-Alcoholic Beer

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Once you’re pursuing recovery from alcohol addiction, non-alcoholic beer may seem like an appealing and safe option. After all, it won’t get you drunk and lead to problems such as reckless behavior, impaired judgment or blackouts. However, non-alcoholic beer has several issues you should be aware of. Here’s why recovering alcoholics should steer clear of “near beer.” Why Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Dangerous for Recovering Alcoholics? You may gravitate to “near beer” because you don’t like feeling left out during parties and other social occasions where people are drinking. However, it’s better to stick with water or soft drinks at these […]

Finding Sober Supporters After Treatment

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If your old life revolved around drugs and alcohol, it’s likely that most of your relationships stemmed from substance use as well. Now that you’ve finally achieved your hard-won goal of sobriety, you might be wondering how to make new friends without the crutch of these intoxicants standing in your way. Here are some ideas for finding sober supporters after your discharge from treatment. 1. Attend Sober Events As an adult, meeting new people can be a challenge – especially when you are in recovery and devoting so much of your focus to working on yourself and your needs. But […]

How the Great Outdoors Can Boost Your Recovery

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As Americans celebrate Great Outdoors Month this June, it provides the perfect opportunity to explore how the natural world can enhance your ongoing efforts to stay on track with your sobriety and regain your mental, spiritual and emotional well-being. With that in mind, consider the following benefits of being outside. 1. Engages Your Senses The outdoors provides many multi-sensory experiences. You can admire the bright colors and enticing smells of flowers, hear the sounds of birds singing in the trees above and enjoy the feelings of the sun warming your skin and the breeze blowing through your hair. 2. Helps […]

The Positive Effects of Kindness on Your Mental Health

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Small acts of kindness don’t cost you anything to perform, but they are invaluable for your mental well-being. Being kind to someone else will turn your day around, and can spread joy to other people, too. When you intentionally do a good deed, it can improve your brain’s production of serotonin – a neurotransmitter that naturally boosts your mood and gives you a feeling of satisfaction and well-being called the “helper’s high.” Meanwhile, oxytocin, also known as “the love chemical,” reduces your blood pressure, helping improve your physical health as well. By practicing kindness regularly, you can expect to see […]

Creating Healthy Routines During COVID-19

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It’s been a bit more than two months since the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to an abrupt halt. In that time, we’ve all had to significantly shift the way we live our lives – and many experts have already predicted it may be quite some time before we can return to the way things used to be. With life as we know it indefinitely on hold, what can you do to launch a new routine that structures your days? Establish a Healthy Work-Life Balance If you’re lucky enough to have a job that lends itself to telework, your priority […]

5 Proven Benefits of Gratitude

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You probably have at least one acquaintance or friend who can maintain a positive attitude, regardless of the circumstances. They have no problem staying upbeat and optimistic in the face of life’s setbacks. What’s their secret? Gratitude. Whether you choose to write down your thoughts in a journal or take a moment for a gratitude meditation, giving thanks has transformative powers. Here are five proven benefits of being grateful. 1. Improved Mental Well-Being For people who struggle with mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression, a practice of gratitude can work to their advantage. One study of people who […]

How Self-Quarantine Affects Your Mental Health

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With much of the United States observing self-quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, now is an even more critical time to be aware of your mental well-being. In observation of Mental Health Month 2020, here are some examples of ways self-quarantine affects your mental health. 1. Loss of Connection By now, we are aware of the need to stay isolated to protect ourselves and those around us from a highly contagious disease. For most of us, this has created a sense of lost connections – with friends, family members, classmates and co-workers. If you were a regular at a particular […]

Stress Relief: 5 Things You Should Do for Yourself While Social Distancing

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Have you recently caught yourself frantically scrolling through your newsfeed in search of the latest updates, while simultaneously stress-snacking on junk foods? There are better ways to cope with coronavirus-related anxieties, even in self-isolation. Here are five tips for stress relief you can try in these unprecedented times. 1. Meditate You’ve probably heard about the benefits of meditation for years – better mental equilibrium, lower blood pressure, less anxiety, improved memory and more self-discipline, to name a few – but if you’ve never tried it in earnest before, now’s the time. Meditation is an excellent way to quiet your mind, […]