by Restorations Therapy Center on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
If you are currently in treatment for addiction or working to maintain your sobriety after treatment, you have most likely accumulated various ways of maintaining your recovery. As you now know, some of the mainstream coping mechanisms may not work for you. This is okay and shouldn’t make you feel ashamed, as people are different and have contrasting needs in their recovery. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some alternative methods to keep your recovery going on the hard days.
Today, podcasts are all the rage. Various podcasts cover any subject you can think of, such as true crime, cooking, family topics, and even addiction recovery! Since COVID-19 has kept everyone inside, you may not be able to attend your usual recovery meetings. Podcasts are a great way to hear others’ stories and learn new coping methods you may not have thought of before. The best part is, most podcasts are free! Search “addiction recovery” in your podcast app today and find one that suits your recovery needs.
While in treatment, you most likely engaged in some form of physical activity every day. Facilities promote exercise because it is an excellent tool for fighting cravings, lifting your mood, making you feel better, and adding structure to your day. However, many people do not enjoy regular exercise and find themselves dreading it. Instead of forcing yourself to go for a jog, try dancing! There are numerous free dance exercises on Youtube that you can find and participate in; this is a fun and easy way to get through the bad days in your recovery.
Recovery can be stressful, especially when you are having a bad day. You may feel pressure to cave into your triggers and relapse, but it doesn’t have to be this way. To calm a busy mind and body in recovery, consider progressive muscle relaxation. This is a great technique if other relaxation methods such as meditating or journaling do not work for you. Progressive muscle relaxation involves tensing and relaxing each muscle group, helping relieve tension in the body and reduce anxiety in the mind. Progressive muscle relaxation can help you calm down after a difficult day in recovery.
Everyone has their favorite techniques to help them get through the difficult days in recovery. Sometimes, the mainstream methods of preventing relapse do not work for some people, and that’s okay. Alternative methods for fighting negative thoughts are just as effective and can provide new ways of calming down. At Restorations Therapy, we offer therapy for various concerns all in the Denver area. If your current coping methods aren’t working, reach out to get started on your own customized treatment program to fit your needs. Call us today at (720) 446-6585.