Prepping For Dry July

Do you sometimes feel like you drink too much? I know I do, even though I’m not a big drinker, every glass adds up and before you know it you can be having one or two a day which isn’t good for you mind, liver or health.

Dry July is coming up and it’s a great time to think about having a break from the booze. Dry July is when people give up alcohol for the whole month of July.

I am very privileged to have a guest blogger here write for me about committing to

sobriety;the state of being sober.

Michelle Peterson from Recovery Pride who advocates and inspires people addicted to alcohol to give it up and live their lives to the fullest.

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Alcohol can damage your liver, health and psyche

Three Health Habits to Support Sobriety

by Michelle Peterson

Overcoming any form of addiction is tough but achievable when you have a lifestyle that supports your sobriety. Incorporating healthy habits into your daily life helps your body to detoxify, keeps your mind positive, and promotes your coping ability in triggering situations.

Here are three healthy habits you can incorporate into your lifestyle to help in maintaining your sobriety in the long-term.

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Path, a red autumn path, sobriety stay on the path

Eat Healthily

Long-term use of drugs leads to nutrient deficiency, a weakened immune system, and chemical imbalances which expose you to a myriad of health issues.

For instance, alcohol damages the liver and may lead to liver cirrhosis. Substance abuse in general puts you at risk for obesity, mental illness, neurological disorders, and anemia, among others.

Adopting healthy eating habits can help to restore the body to a healthy state. When you feel healthy, you are less likely to desire drugs. A balanced diet provides vital nutrients and minerals, helps the body to detoxify, and boosts immunity. It gives you the energy to fight lethargy, a common symptom of addiction, and fuels you to accomplish your daily tasks optimally.  Some foods help in dopamine regulation, therefore promoting mood regulation.

With so much information available about healthy eating, it can be difficult to know which approach to take. Consider consulting with a health expert, like Ilana.

The bottom line is to incorporate a variety of foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, good fats, healthy proteins, fibre, and complex carbohydrates. Stay hydrated by drinking filtered water, and limit consumption of diuretic beverages such as soft drinks and other caffeinated drinks.

Exercise

Exercising is important for overall wellbeing. However, it plays a critical role in the lives of people in recovery. It serves as a stress-reliever, provides a natural high, helps the body to get rid of accumulated toxins, and regulates body hormones to normalcy. All the benefits of exercising combined help to lower cravings.

Psychologically, exercising gives you a sense of accomplishment which is pivotal in boosting your sense of self-worth.

There are many types of exercises that you can choose from including walking, running, jogging, swimming, weight training, crossfit, yoga, Pilates, karate or joining a sport.  Taking up a sport or an exercise that you work toward mastering focuses your mental and physical energy. It keeps you committed and takes your brain away from the drugs.

If it is your first time exercising, it may feel challenging at the beginning. You will experience muscle soreness, your form when doing specific exercises will be less than perfect, and you may not like being out of breath.

Don’t give up; keep at it.

The key is to start small in terms of duration, intensity, and to remain consistent. Soon, you will get the hang of it and start to enjoy the benefits of being active.

Rest

Sleep is essential for your recovery, as it helps to lower stress levels and gives your body enough time to recuperate. Aim for at least 6 hours of sleep every night. It will be helpful to establish a sleeping schedule so that you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. A regular sleeping schedule forms the basis for an organized daily routine.

Adhere to the body’s circadian rhythm; sleep at night and stay awake during the day. Avoid staying up late into the night. If you need to, take power naps during the day. Include other relaxing activities in your day such as watching a movie, reading a book, spending some quiet time in meditation and relaxation, or massage, among others.

Sobriety is an ongoing process, so it’s important to adopt a lifestyle that incorporates habits that empower you and help you to stay on track.

The more healthy habits you practice, the better your coping ability.

Start with the easiest habits and add more gradually.

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“Feel the fear but don’t let it stop you” Dr Demartini

Health Coaching Consultations with Ilana

Are you wondering how you can learn how to break through addictions to alcohol and truly live your life to the fullest? Well, you can!

A holistic coaching consultation for you aims to break through beliefs and barriers that are psychologically holding you back from being your best and living your life in your fullest potential.

At Ilana Sowter Acupuncture on the North Shore of Auckland, expect the best life coaching to your needs and look forward to living life in an authentic and effective way.

Call Ilana on 020 4159 8393 or send her an email to info@ilanasowter.com for more information.

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