For many people with addiction issues, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the daily triggers and pressures. These pressures can further trigger ineffective behaviors and responses, such as going back to the same substance and risking relapse.
Here are some simple yet highly effective tips to reduce the risk of relapse and make your recovery journey easier.
Have illnesses treated
Your physical health is as important as your mental and emotional health. Stay on top of your health and talk to your doctor whenever necessary. Take your medications as prescribed.
Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. Minimize the intake of junk and processed food. Add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and reduce intake of salt and sugar.
Avoid substances that affect your mood
Substances, legal or illegal, that can affect your mood or your ability to cope effectively should be avoided.
Follow a routine of going to bed and waking up at regular times. This will help you feel rested and refreshed while maintaining your mood.
Stay active and exercise daily for at least 20- 30 minutes. You do not need to go to a gym necessarily, to exercise. Any form of exercise, such as walking, jogging, running and yoga, is good.
Do at least one thing every day that makes you feel competent and have a great sense of self-worth. It could be as simple as baking a great cake.
Use these 6 tips maintain your physical, mental and emotional health. They help you reduce your vulnerability and be prepared to face more emotional situations better.