Recovery during summer is the best opportunity to learn that anything is possible in sobriety.
Summertime bucket list: Summer is a great season for working with goals. A short period of excellent weather and high energy is perfect for focusing on setting goals and accomplishing them. In early recovery, the word “goals” can be a bit daunting. Instead of creating a summer goals list try creating a summer bucket list. Many people who enter recovery for a substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorder have a list of things they meant to do, wanted to do, dreamed about doing, but never were able to accomplish. Spend the summer chasing after dreams, ambitions and goals. See how many you can finish by the end of the season.
Technology detox: Everyone can use to spend a little less time connected to technology. Let summer inspire you to take a break from the summer. Though you’ll be having much post-worthy fun, it will be a challenging practice to stay present and mindful without staying connected to everyone not in the immediate moment. Research has found that excessive use of technology can be depressing, lower self-esteem, and affect sleep. Minimize your technology use and try to spend as many days without using it as possible.
Start reading: A summer reading list is a brain boosting way to stay busy, keep learning, and keep the mind engaged. Pick a new genre, find a series of books you’ve wanted to read, or choose a topic you’ve wanted to explore. If nothing suits your fancy, turn your eyes toward AA. Alcoholics Anonymous has many approved publications which can keep you inspired in your recovery. If reading isn’t a way you like to spend your time, try books on audio. You can fill your time participating in other activities like driving or taking a shower while listening to a book.
Prioritize diet and nutrition: Research has been consistently investigating the relationship between the mind and the stomach. Findings indicate that you may not be what you eat, but you certainly feel what you eat emotionally. Food directly influences the state of our brains, our moods, and our ability to regulate our emotions. Spend the summer learning how to cook, prepare healthy foods, and discovering which foods you need to be well.
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