One of the things that tend to go by the wayside when in the grips of addiction is our overall physical health. Once you enter recovery, activity and improved wellness are essential tools in keeping you clean and sober. A combination of good nutrition and exercise goes a long way toward keeping you distracted from the temptations that could lead to a relapse. Compass Detox believes physical wellness and recovery can go hand-in-hand. It works as a form of holistic therapy to help you maintain your hard-fought sobriety.
You Lower Your Stress Levels
Once you break free of an addiction, you may feel a lot of pressure not to go back to your old ways. It can feel like the whole world is watching and waiting for you to make a mistake. That can lead to heightened stress levels that leave you constantly on edge and wondering why you’re even bothering to try and change.
Exercise gives you an outlet to relieve the stress building up in your body. It releases chemicals in your brain that calms the parts of the brain that control your feelings of anxiety. You can achieve this by taking part in low or high-impact forms of exercise.
Exercise Helps You Connect With Others
Many people find it necessary to cut themselves off from friends and acquaintances who enabled their addiction. You may find yourself struggling to form new connections once you are sober. Signing up for a yoga class or another form of group exercise allows you to bond with others over a shared interest.
It’s a good way to start up relationships with people also interested in maintaining their physical health. Staying involved with different exercise groups can keep you from getting drawn back into your old life. Group exercise classes also add structure to your day and distract you from thoughts of using drugs or alcohol.
Physical Wellness Helps You Feel Better
Depending on how long you were in the grips of a substance use disorder, you may have caused a lot of damage to your body. A dedication to physical wellness helps your body heal and become more fit. You’ll find yourself capable of walking further and performing physical tasks that you might not have been capable of in the past.
It’s not just your body that heals because of exercise. Physical activity encourages the growth of new nerve connections in your brain, helping your brain recover from past substance abuse. Many people find that their sleep patterns improve when they get more exercise.
Other Aspects of Physical Wellness
Physical wellness is about more than getting yourself into shape. It acts as a form of holistic therapy in that it provides opportunities to:
- Forge new social connections
- Improve your emotional well-being
- Help you connect with yourself spiritually by finding new limits of physicality
- Help you find a sense of fulfillment
You don’t have to commit yourself to hardcore activities to achieve physical wellness. Start slowly so that you don’t burn yourself out and get discouraged. If you have a health issue that prevents you from performing certain exercises, look for alternatives that accommodate your issue while still allowing you to benefit from different aspects of physical wellness.
Reap the Benefits of Physical Wellness at Compass Detox
Compass Detox’s South Florida facility offers clients the opportunity to participate in various wellness programs. Our therapeutic activities help you gain strength, pushing you through different ranges of motion that can help you heal from the effects of your past life.
Other programs and therapies available at Compass Detox include: