Tips for Moving Forward After a Job Loss

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The economic downturn that resulted from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to lose their homes and jobs. If you’re one of the millions of people who have found themselves suddenly unemployed, how can you learn to cope with a job loss? 1. Give Yourself Time and Space to Explore Your Feelings Losing your job can be demoralizing. Your confidence levels may be at an all-time low, and you could be feeling the sting of rejection. These emotions are natural, and to move on, you need to process your grief. Don’t wallow in negativity, but be kind to yourself […]

When Your Family Doesn’t Support Your Sobriety

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If you’ve accomplished something as meaningful and positive as overcoming an addiction, you probably expect everyone you know to be happy for you. However, you might discover that isn’t always the case. Perhaps you alienated loved ones during your active addiction to the point that they’re still angry at you. Or, maybe your toxic or dysfunctional family members are part of the reason you started drinking or using in the first place. Though having supportive family members could help your recovery go more smoothly, you can learn to grow and thrive with these strategies. 1. Keep Your Distance Since addiction […]

Healing From PTSD One Day at a Time

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The severe and intrusive symptoms associated with PTSD might make you feel helpless and leave you wondering if you’ll ever find relief from your struggles. How can you recover from a disorder where even the smallest sound or movement could trigger a cascade of flashbacks, intense fear and heart palpitations? Fortunately, your brain is resilient enough to eventually recover from PTSD if you’re patient and willing to put in the work. If you have PTSD, here are some ways you can reclaim your life. 1. Seek Therapy A mental health professional with experience in treating trauma can be your ally […]

Relaxation Techniques to Add to Your Pre-Bedtime Routine

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We’ve all had the occasional night where we toss and turn, plagued by intrusive worries or anxiety nightmares that keep us awake. However, if you have insomnia night after night, it can severely affect your quality of life and your overall well-being. Perhaps it’s time to ask yourself if your pre-bedtime activities might compromise your ability to get a refreshing night of sleep. Think about creating a routine that includes these relaxation techniques. 1. Go Tech-Free Your phone, tablet and laptop can provide endless entertainment, but they can also interfere with your sleep cycle. These devices emit blue light that […]

Coping With Grief and Loss Amid COVID-19

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Coming to terms with loss and grief is always a challenge, but COVID-19 has made it even harder. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is so contagious that people can’t be by their loved ones’ side in the hospital, or have funerals for family and friends who have passed away. Even if you have been fortunate enough not to lose a loved one to this vicious disease, you may still be mourning the loss of normalcy and routine this year has brought. Living amid a pandemic is stressful, and has caused us to make many sacrifices that would have seemed […]

How to Safely Celebrate Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

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November’s arrival has many Americans looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. However, this year is quite different due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is still running rampant throughout our nation. COVID-19 has forced us all to significantly change our lifestyles to prevent the transmission of illness in our communities. As a result, Thanksgiving 2020 could be a holiday like none other. The risk of contracting the novel coronavirus is still very real, and you should weigh that carefully when making your holiday plans. What are some top tips for safely celebrating Thanksgiving during the current spike in […]

How to Manage Withdrawal Symptoms in Long-Term Recovery

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People who have developed a long-term addiction to drugs or alcohol experience a range of withdrawal symptoms when they quit using or drinking, including nausea, chills, vomiting, body aches, insomnia, mood swings and even hallucinations. Though these symptoms can be intense, they rarely last longer than a couple of weeks, especially when you undergo medically supervised detoxification in an accredited treatment center. While this initial withdrawal phase is short-lived, some people in recovery experience a prolonged recurrence of symptoms known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Not everyone undergoes PAWS, but those with a lengthy, severe relationship with drugs or alcohol […]

What You Need to Know About Narcan

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According to the CDC, an estimated 130 Americans die each day from an accidental overdose on opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. However, did you know these tragic deaths are preventable with an opioid antagonist called Narcan? If you have prescription opioid medications in your home, you should have a supply of this drug on hand and ensure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to administer it. Even if you never need to use it, it will give you greater peace of mind. What Is Narcan? Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a […]

Dealing With a Toxic Work Environment in Recovery

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When you’re in recovery and actively working on preserving your sobriety, stress can serve as a significant relapse trigger. And, though all jobs and workplaces come with some level of stress, you’ll specifically want to avoid the anxiety and low quality of life that characterize a toxic work environment. A toxic or openly hostile workplace can have far-reaching effects on your self-esteem and relationships, and can manifest in some physical and psychological symptoms, too. Signs of a Toxic Workplace Is your work environment harming your health? Any job where the atmosphere, your co-workers’ attitudes or the work itself is so […]

How to Find the Best Mindfulness Practice for Your Personality Type

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Have you ever tried to start getting into the habit of meditation, only to quit after a week or two because you found it too intimidating? You aren’t alone. Many people think they can never get the knack of meditating because they’re too fidgety or easily distracted and have trouble quieting their mind. The good news is that there are as many ways to meditate as there are types of physical workouts – perhaps even more. As long as you’re focusing on your breath and using it to guide your awareness inward, there’s no wrong way to meditate. Experiment with […]