Joy in the Changing Seasons
While sobriety may feel like more of a struggle in some seasons than others, it is possible to enjoy the changing seasons without using substances. In fact, there are plenty of exciting ways to make the most of each season without relying on drugs or alcohol.
For example, spending time in nature and taking advantage of natural beauty while hiking, swimming, or watching a sunrise view are all fantastic ways to fully appreciate the season. A sense of community can also be found by attending outdoor events, such as farmer’s markets and street festivals. Participating in activities where you can express yourself, such as painting, writing, and making music, are other great ideas for fun activities you can do outside this spring.
Read on for more of our favorite sober ways to enjoy springtime. To inquire about services, feel free to reach out to our team at (800) 353-4673.
Taking Care of Your Health this Spring
Taking steps to maintain your health while staying sober is important. Making healthy decisions, exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep are all essential for long-term recovery. It's also important to take time for yourself, build supportive relationships with others, and practice mindfulness. What better time to start adopting these new routines than with the rebirth of spring? Taking the time to cultivate healthy habits can help you maintain healthier lifestyles after recovery.
What to Do When Cravings Strike
Substance cravings can be powerful and difficult to resist, especially during times when you may be around other people partaking in recreational substance use. Relapse prevention techniques are an important factor in continued sobriety, and there are several strategies we recommend for managing and reducing addictive cravings:
- Distraction: Finding a healthy, non-drug related activity that engages your mind and body (such as taking a walk, doing yoga, playing with a pet, or doing some spring cleaning) is a great way to distract yourself when experiencing a craving. Engaging in these activities can help you to refocus your thoughts away from drugs and onto something more positive.
- Mindfulness: This involves being present in the moment and recognizing cravings without judgment or criticism. Rather than trying to resist the craving, simply observe it and its physical sensations without engaging with it. This can help you gain control and insight into your cravings. As an added bonus, meditating on a warm spring day can help you tap into all the splendor that the season holds.
- Support: It’s important to find a supportive network of people who can provide positive reinforcement and help you stay motivated. This can include friends, family members, counselors, or support groups. These individuals can provide emotional and moral support during times of temptation and encourage you to make healthier choices.
Taking control of your mental and physical health is one of the best ways to move forward with a healthier lifestyle – during this season and every season. With the right support, you can overcome any challenge that comes your way.
There are a variety of free activities you can partake in to keep your mind away from addiction while also boosting your mental health. Health services like equine therapy can also get you outside and interacting with both animals and nature as a therapeutic way to combat addiction.
For Recovery Services, Contact Us
If you or a loved one could benefit from our treatment options, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. While there are plenty of sober ways to enjoy springtime, we know that everyone needs a little help sometimes. Give us a call at (800) 353-4673 to get started.