Do you sometimes find it difficult to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night? If so, you’re not alone. It’s actually common to experience insomnia during the early stages of addiction recovery.
Though, there are proven strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your sleep as your body adjusts to the absence of drugs and alcohol.
Getting enough rest is important for everyone and especially for those working on their sobriety. It can help reduce your risk of relapse by easing the symptoms of withdrawal and it can even boost your mood too.
If you’d like to feel more rested and alert during the day, here are a few tips for getting more restorative sleep at night.
(1) Stick to a regular schedule.
Many addiction recovery specialists emphasize the importance of creating a new sober routine and your sleep schedule is an important part of maintaining your new healthy lifestyle. Set a daily alert on your phone to help remind you when to go to bed and when to get up in the morning.
(2) Be mindful of what you eat and when.
What you eat can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep. Try to eat dinner at the same time every day and be sure to fuel your body with lean meat, fish and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
(3) Spend some time outside every day.
Getting a daily dose of sunshine can help reset your body’s natural rhythm. Consider taking a brisk 30-minute walk each day.
(4) Wind down at the end of the day.
Do something relaxing every evening to help you get ready for bed. Take a warm bath, meditate or do some light stretches.
(5) Turn down the thermostat.
Research has shown that you can actually sleep more soundly by keeping the temperature in your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees. Scientists theorize that a slight drop in temperature sends a signal to your body that it’s time for bed.
If you are tired of struggling with an addiction to drugs to alcohol, we can help you finally find relief. With our faith-based approach to addiction recovery, we can help you build a new, sober life while also rebuilding your relationship with Christ. Take that first step today. Please contact us at (877) 310-9545. At Christian Rehab Network, our addiction recovery specialists are standing by to help you.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the perfect time of year to start thinking about your future. You may have a few days off from work and you can finally take a few moments to relax. Winding down after a long year is certainly a good idea (think: movie marathons with the family). But, don’t forget to make time to think about your goals for the coming year too.
And, if one of those goals is to create a more satisfying and rewarding lifestyle, consider trying a few of these sober hobbies in 2017. By diversifying your routine, you’ll be less tempted to resort to drugs and alcohol as a crutch to fill those empty spaces on your calendar.
Want to protect your sobriety in 2017? Try one of these sober hobbies! (Don’t forget to ask your friends, you might inspire them to try something new too!)
Reading is a great addition to your sober lifestyle. It can help you settle and soothe your mind as you relax with a good book at the end of a long day. If you’d like to get back into reading on a regular basis, book clubs are a great way to start. Book club meetings can help motivate you to finish the book and offer great opportunities to meet new people in your community.
Ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar or maybe even the piano? The good news is – it’s never too late to start! And, it doesn’t have to be expensive either. Chances are, you probably already have at least one friend or family member who is musically inclined. Most likely, they’d be glad to give you a few introductory lessons to get started.
One of the secrets to living a fulfilling and satisfying life is to make learning a priority. If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, consider taking a few classes at a local learning annex. And, having that on your resume can even make you more valuable in the eyes of employers.
Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, we offer comprehensive outpatient drug and alcohol and mental health support to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation. At Christian Rehab Network, we can help you learn valuable life skills to build a fulfilling life of sobriety and reduce your risk of relapse. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call (877) 310-9545 to learn more.
A lot of people talk about things like “grit” and “determination” these days - and for good reason. Having a resilient attitude is an invaluable skill to possess. With it, you can navigate life with more confidence, maintain a positive outlook and reduce your risk of turning to drugs and alcohol during stressful situations.
No matter where you are on your journey in life, you can learn to become more resilient and get back up when life seems to (temporarily) knock you down. If you want to tap into your own inner strength during a journey of addiction recovery, consider adopting some the following strategies to become more emotionally resilient in the face of adversity.
(1) Develop a strong social network. In a 1624 work, English poet John Donne wrote ‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,’ and that description still holds true today. By having the support of a wider group of friends and family to lean on, you can weather the emotional storms of life with the support of those around you.
(2) Cultivate a sense of purpose. An important part of becoming more resilient is finding a connection between your life and a higher calling. By finding a sense of purpose in your life - teaching others about Christ or supporting a non-profit in your community – you can leverage a more holistic and long-term outlook to inform your perspective.
(3) Shift your focus from the problem to a solution. If your car breaks down on the highway, your immediate instinct might be to call a friend to complain or talk about your woes on social media. But, how does that improve your current situation? Instead of focusing on the problem at hand, shift your focus and start brain-storming solutions, you’ll feel more empowered and positive about your outlook in life.
Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian-based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. Learn more about our addiction treatment services for Christians by calling 877-310-9545.