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, […]

Coping With Addiction During COVID-19 Quarantine

If you are one of the many people who have reclaimed your independence from drugs and alcohol and are trying to maintain your sobriety during these extraordinary times, we congratulate you on the progress you’ve made thus far. However, we also recognize that the need to self-quarantine to protect yourself and your neighbors has presented you with unique challenges. Here’s how to tackle these issues head-on. 1. Avoid Loneliness Isolation is a hallmark of addiction for many people. As the disease takes a firmer and firmer hold, addicts often retreat from formerly enjoyable activities and distance themselves from their loved […]

How to Manage Your Emotional Health During a Pandemic

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Amid an unprecedented situation like the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s easy to feel an increased sense of stress and worry. Taking steps in our daily lives to slow the spread of the virus among our neighbors is essential for our physical health. However, it’s also crucial to find outlets to protect our mental and emotional well-being. In these challenging times, you may be experiencing increased feelings of frustration, uncertainty or irritability. While some emotional upheaval is normal and expected, there are many ways you can make yourself more resilient in the face of coronavirus. 1. Give Yourself Good News Breaks Though […]

How to Avoid Boredom in Self-Quarantine

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to make significant changes to our lifestyles. Cities across the nation are now observing “shelter-in-place” and social distancing orders for at least the next month. However, medical experts have cautioned that there’s no definite timeline for when things will return to normal, which means we may need to prepare to adhere to self-quarantine for several more months. How can you keep yourself happy, healthy and entertained while remaining at home? Read on for our top tips. 1. Adjust Your Mindset If you aren’t a homebody by nature, you might […]

Addiction Support Moves Online Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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Long before our nation felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, our elected leaders were dealing with a different epidemic – the widespread problems caused by drug and alcohol addiction. For example, nearly 130 people a day die of an accidental opioid overdose, and in 2018, almost 70% of the 67,367 overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid. As of this writing, addiction has claimed significantly more American lives than COVID-19. Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous have been essential in helping many people achieve sustained recovery and learn to live a life of sobriety. However, the shape of the […]