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Where Stress Hides in the Body - And How to Release It

Posted By Trevor McDonald, 13 hours ago
Updated: 21 hours ago
Stress in the brain

Stress is an interesting emotion because we tend to feel it as much physically as we do mentally. Rapid heartbeat, nausea, and sweaty palms are common symptoms that most people notice. But there are other symptoms that are hiding behind the scenes whenever you start feeling anxious.

It's crucial that we find healthy ways to relieve stress because some things we think are helping are doing more harm than good. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are two good examples of things that cause more stress on the body.

Look for signs of stress in the following areas of the body.

Stress in the Brain

When you’re feeling stressed, you’re more likely to be forgetful and depressed. This is thanks to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol.

How to release it

Try to avoid stress at work whenever you can. If you’re dealing with unavoidable stress, consider taking a day off. These “mental health days” are more important than most people realize.

In fact, one study found that people were more likely to experience stress when they felt like their performance impacted the company as a whole. Pressures like these can weigh on a person over time, and it’s important to take time to recharge.

Stress in the hairStress in the Hair

Have you been having a lot of bad hair days lately? Well, we can’t be sure that stress is the cause, but we do know that cortisol hides in hair follicles. Just like they can test for signs of smoking or cocaine in your hair follicles, they can also find signs of stress. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario took follicle samples from more than 100 men and found that those who had been hospitalized for heart attacks had higher concentrations of cortisol.

How to release it

If you want to lower your stress levels, consider meditating. A 2013 Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand study found that students who practiced mindfulness meditation experienced significantly lower cortisol levels than those who didn’t meditate.

Stress in the Gut

You may feel knots in your stomach when stress levels get high, but did you know that stress can actually cause an increase in stomach acid? Excess stomach acid can loosen your bowels and send you to the restroom more often. And if your stress is chronic, it can change the way your body processes and stores fat. This will inevitably lead to a “stress belly” where you’re storing most of your fat in the gut area.

How to release it

As we learn more about the role of the gut in our overall health, many scientists have begun calling it the “second brain.” As such, it makes sense that you’d feel the stress response largely in your gut.

Fortunately, you can better handle that stress by taking regular prebiotics and probiotics. One study on the subject found that patients who received probiotics score better on tests for depression and saw the following additional benefits:

  • Decreases in systemic inflammation
  • Significantly lower insulin levels
  • Significant rise in glutathione (an antioxidant)
  • Reduced insulin resistance

Stress in the musclesStress in the Muscles

You’ve probably linked some neck and upper back tension to stress, but there may be more stress hiding in your muscles than what’s obvious. Over time, chronic stress and tension can lead to chronic pain, especially in the back and neck areas.

How to release it

If you want to keep your muscles loose, you must stretch. Try starting your day with a simple stretch. Touch your toes and hold that position for about 15 seconds. It’s okay if you can’t actually reach your toes. The act of trying is what counts. Throughout the day, take mini breaks to stretch. You can do stretches at your desk, and you can even do some in your car. For an added bonus, inhale and exhale deeply as you stretch. Not only will this relieve tension in your muscles, but it will also help slow your heart rate and promote an overall sense of calm.

If it’s left unchecked, chronic stress can lead to chronic pain and disease. It’s so much more than a mere annoyance. Because of the mind-body connection, stress is a major threat to our overall health.

Stress can hide virtually anywhere in your body, and it directly and indirectly affects many important systems. The longer you deal with chronic stress, the more symptoms you will see.

So, if you want to live a long and healthy life, find ways to release stress from your body. Stress is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to carry it around wherever you go.

What are your best stress-busting techniques?


Trevor McDonaldTrevor McDonald is a freelance writer and recovering addict and alcoholic who's been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.

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Wellness Strategies to Support Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted By Will Williams, Friday, May 11, 2018

In the USA, approximately one in five adults experience mental illness in any given year. The personal impact, from emotional distress to stymied career development, is a significant consequence for those affected, and the broader economic burden is similarly profound. Serious mental illness costs the USA $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year, and employers are increasingly required to navigate this difficult issue in a professional, supportive and consistent way.

wellness strategyIt can be difficult to set in place an effective framework for dealing with mental health issues in the workplace, but having a coherent wellness strategy in place can make a big difference, both for the bottom line and the experiences of employees. In this, businesses and other institutions have a big responsibility.

While the monetary burden is something employers have to consider, more important is their influence on the recovery and wellbeing of their staff when they are facing difficulties; inappropriate pressure, unfair dismissal and (even inadvertent) discrimination could have far-reaching consequences for the individuals involved. Anybody which employs staff has a responsibility to assist them as far as is possible when they become unwell, and to take great care in avoiding any action that may exacerbate the issue.

So what kind of wellness strategies should employers put in place?

Understanding Mental Health Issues

The first step in any wellness strategy that focuses on mental health is creating an atmosphere of openness and compassion within the workplace. Mental health issues have been widely misunderstood for many years, and are often also an “invisible illness” which might not be immediately obvious to a casual observer. For instance, someone with anxiety may appear to be coping well while secretly struggling, or an employee who performs brilliantly one day can find they are unable to leave their bed the next.

There’s also a societal perception that people suffering from mental health issues will be more volatile, less reliable, and less capable of competently fulfilling their role. Even if this belief doesn’t actually apply within a workplace, people who have become mentally unwell may be concerned that they’ll be perceived this way, and therefore nervous about coming back to work or being open about their symptoms. There may also be situations in which a person’s mental health issues manifest themselves in overwork and perfectionism.

Employers should endeavor to understand the mental health issues they may encounter in their workforce, using resources such as the charity Mind, WebMD, and the National Wellness Institute to familiarize themselves with the symptoms, personal experiences, and challenges associated with problems like depression. Issues such as grief, stress, and burnout — which can affect anyone — are also important to consider, even if they are more the result of circumstances than a diagnosable mental illness.

Creating information packs for employees can also be extremely helpful. Firstly, it makes anyone who struggles with mental health issues aware that an organization is sympathetic and knowledgeable about mental health, and therefore more able to talk directly about the subject. Secondly, it makes other employees more understanding and less likely to place pressure on their unwell colleagues — as well as cutting down on any insensitive or misguided remarks.

Workplace flexibilityEmbracing Flexibility

Having a flexible approach to working practices can make a huge difference in the lives of people living with chronic mental health problems, and supports those who are experiencing other emotional difficulties, such as bereavement. For example, someone who suffers from anxiety may have trouble sleeping, or their medication may make them drowsy in the mornings. Shifting or temporarily shortening their hours could help to keep them in work, and retain the skills, knowledge, and input which make them so valuable to the organization.

Flexibility benefits both staff and companies in a variety of ways. It allows staff to return to work more quickly, saving organizations the money they would have spent employing cover and dealing with the shortfall in work. By supporting people back into work, the employer also saves the funds it would require to pay redundancy, as well as recruiting and training a new member of staff. Finally, they won’t miss out on the value that particular employee brings to the role — the reason why they were hired in the first place.

From an employee perspective, when organizations collaborate with them to make returning to work as seamless as possible, they can benefit from a faster recovery and reintegration into the workplace. Returning to work often improves people’s mental health, boosts their confidence, eases financial concerns and provides a social outlet. If an employer can make reasonable adjustments, such as...

  • Creating a phased return to work after a period of absence, where the employee works gradually back up to full-time hours over a few weeks or months;
  • Being mindful of an employee’s particular needs, such as those with social anxiety being excused from meetings and allowed a private workstation;
  • Having the option to work from home if facing other people feels overwhelming - for example after losing a family member;
  • Allowing employees to see their doctor or therapist within work hours and as often as needed.
  • Providing frequent breaks and the option to leave the workplace without prior notice if the employee is experiencing symptom flare-ups, like panic attacks.

...then it makes the working lives of those with mental health issues easier to cope with, and ultimately assists them in regaining their health.

Considering The Impact of Stress

Stress in itself is very damaging, but when combined with poor mental health its impact can be profound - worsening and even triggering mental illnesses in many people. All workplaces should be aware of stress levels amongst their staff, especially as too much stress directly impedes most people’s ability to perform. This lost productivity is an expensive consequence for organizations, and if they become known as a particularly stressful place to work then their reputation may also be damaged.

MeditationPeople tend to work at their optimum in demanding, yet calm, working environments - places where they are challenged, engaged and focused but still generally relaxed, enjoying the “flow” of work. This quickly disintegrates when too much stress is applied: whether that’s through aggressive management, unmanageable workloads, or systematic problems that mean they can’t effectively do their job. People also become stressed if they are constantly interrupted, micromanaged, or pressured into situations they aren’t comfortable with - such as being given sole accountability on a project they aren’t au fait with or told they have to present a pitch.

A stressful and chaotic working environment will impact the mental health of the majority of people who work within it, as burnout and panic begin to wear everyone down. Much of the solution to this lies in working practices and company policy, which will vary from organization to organization depending on the particular demands of their service or industry. However, they are other strategies which most organizations can apply which will help prevent damaging levels of stress:

  • Encouraging a good work/life balance. Organizations should make it clear that no one is expected to work outside of office hours, and that work emails shouldn’t be read or answered in an employee’s time off.
  • Pay fairly and include good employee benefits. This is something that may be easier said than done, especially in small businesses, but low wages, not enough holiday time and poor sickness pay can be hugely stressful parts of any job.
  • Providing opportunities for employees to discuss any issues they have confidentially while ensuring that their concerns are addressed and resolved.
  • Implementing a workplace well-being program where employees are supported in living happily and healthily; through meditation classes, the appointment of a wellbeing officer and distributing advice.

Providing meditation classes — as Google and Nike have done — and if possible a calming space where employees can go to meditate, is one way to help people de-stress. Studies from Harvard neuroscientists have demonstrated physical changes in the brains of meditators, where the “stress center” (known as the amygdala) decreases in volume — convincing physical evidence of meditation’s positive impact on the experience of stress.

This has further implications for mental health problems like anxiety (https://www.willwilliamsmeditation.co.uk/why-meditate/mind/anxiety/), where sufferers feel a constant sense of danger because their amygdala is in high alert, even if there is no real threat. In teaching techniques like meditation, and allowing time in the day for people to practice them, employers will be providing those who experience poor mental health with a coping mechanism that will help them to better manage their symptoms.


Will WilliamsWill Williams is one of Europe’s leading Vedic meditation experts, and a wellbeing advisor to the OECD working group on Education. He has worked with the BBC, American Express, Spotify, Uber and many others in implementing corporate wellbeing programs, and his first book, The Effortless Mind, is available on Amazon.
You can contact him at willwilliamsmeditation.co.uk.

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Student Chapter Corner - UWSP Student Chapter Conference

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

 

A Journey in Wellness

Once again the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) NWI Student Chapter displayed incredible foresight and organizational skills in holding this year’s Student Chapter Conference. This conference theme was "Paving the Path - A Journey in Wellness." The students spent Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The student chapter showcased three outstanding keynote speakers and an alumni panel.  Those in attendance were Matt Lund (NWI ED), Sherri Galle-Teske (NWI Membership Dir), Caroline Carlson (NWI Marketing Dir) and Dane Royer (NWI Graphic Design).  

Friday's events started with a presentation from Exec Dir. Matt Lund and Hailey Hoepner.  During the course of the day the students were shown mindful exercises, wellness tools and heard first hand worksite wellness experiences.

Are you a student considering a career in Wellness? Find out more about student chapters Here.

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National Wellness In the News—Ketchum Study

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The National Wellness Institute was mentioned in The Holmes Report's Industry News in Brief from April 16, 2018. NWI's Six Dimensions of Wellness was included in a new Ketchum study showing that wellness is defined by emotions just as much as its physical counterpart. 


NEW YORK — While 93% of Americans report they have at least one wellness goal, a new Ketchum study reports that the definition of wellness is as much emotional as it is physical. It also reveals that today’s wellness influencer is most commonly young, male and ranks mindfulness and positive relationships among his top goals for well-being. The Influence of Wellness study, which polled 1,046 American adults, also found:

  • Emotional aspects (71% ) are considered equally as important as physical (72%) when consumers rank the six dimensions of wellness defined by the National Wellness Institute (emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual).
  • Men are slightly more likely than women to rate social aspects as important (30% vs. 27% for women) and less likely to rate physical aspects (68% vs. 75% for women).
  • Both men and women equally experience such wellness barriers as putting others first (men 22%, women 25%) and lack of support from a spouse or partner (men 5%, women 5%).Young adults are less skeptical than their elders: 80% of those age 55 and older think wellness brands exaggerate the benefits of their products or services, compared to 64% of those ages 18-24.

Read the rest of Industry News in Brief Here.

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NWI State and Local Outreach

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SGT and DJ man the display table at the Wausau, WI expo eventThe National Wellness Institute continues its outreach-supplying wellness information through local and state events.  Pictured is NWI staff working the Expo event in Wausau, WI.  Sherri Galle-Teske (Dir. of Membership & Engagement) and University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Wellness major David Jaeger manned  the display table and built relationships with interested businesses, local wellness practitioners, and community members.

Photo supplied by Sherri Galle-Teske

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NWI's First Wellness Career Night

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

On April 16, the National Wellness Institute had its first Wellness Career Night. The event was hosted at the NWI office in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, with the aim to create opportunities for college graduates in health and wellness fields to network with local wellness professionals and promote their understanding of wellness. We had several exhibitors representing businesses such as Adventure 212, Security Health Plan, Portage County Health & Human Services, Job Centers of Wisconsin (Marathon County), Farmshed, CAP Services, and Stevens Point Area YMCA. The National Wellness Institute is always looking for new ways to assist in the professional development of wellness students and is looking to continue to have Career Night events in the future.  We appreciate our exhibitors and all those who came out (despite the poor weather conditions) to be a part of our event.  NWI thanks the Event Coordinator David Jaeger for all the work and effort he displayed for the event.

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Bright Pink – 2018, Issue 1

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bright Now

 

Did you know we're working to ensure your doctor knows their stuff? Now via online learning!

After hearing frustrations from our community about women's health providers who seemed ill-equipped to have conversations about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection strategies, we embarked on creating a program to fill that gap in 2014. Since then, we have educated over 18,000 providers on how to have these life-saving conversations. To build upon and enhance this work, Bright Pink recently launched a digital e-learning platform that will bridge the knowledge gap and provide a practical, evidence-based approach to identifying patients of all risk levels. Our interactive and innovative approach to continuing medical education will better prepare providers to identify risk, participate in shared decision-making, and create risk management plans to prevent these diseases. 

 

Speaking of e-learning, get the scoop our partner that helped make it happen: Salah Foundation. 

The development and launch of the new provider e-learning platform would not have been possible without a generous challenge grant provided by the Salah Foundation–a multi-generational family foundation that supports organizations working to strengthen families and communities and advancing individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. The foundation's support not only provided the resources needed to build a state-of-the-art resource for the provider community, but also effectively accelerated our fundraising efforts. Bright Pink is grateful for the Salah Foundation's partnership!

 

Looking for a way to be active now that winter is (hopefully) coming to a close?

Dust off those running shoes and run the Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, September 23rd with Team Bright Pink! The fundraising minimum is $500 and provides access to all kinds of extra perks you won't find elsewhere. To claim your spot, please create your fundraising page here, and we will follow up with registration info. 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

1. Our efforts to help more women assess their risk are off to a fantastic start!
87,000+ women have completed Assess Your Risk in 2018 thanks to features of our tool in publications like PureWow, Girlboss, community posts in apps like Glow, and more!

2. You, our community, made our Women's History Month #SelfCareandShare campaign a success!
The campaign focused on highlighting female heroes of the past and present to empower women to be the health heroes of today. We asked women to practice self-care by taking two easy steps 1) prioritize their breast and ovarian health by taking Assess Your Risk, and 2) share Assess Your Risk with 8 women to spread a sentiment of community and shared sisterhood. Campaign messaging and promotions drove over 40,000 women to assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer in the month of March! 

Thinking about a friend or colleague who should be getting Bright Pink Email? Let them know.

#BrightPinkMoments: One of our Bright Pink Board Members captured a special moment during our board meeting at Google's Chicago HQ ... I spy legs in the sky. 


Bright Pink
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Chicago, IL 60654

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Special Offer! Become an NWI Member for ONLY $99

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Become an NWI Member for ONLY $99 (1-year individual membership).

Use code MEMPRM99 when you register online. Already a member? Offer also applies to a renewal of a current 1-year individual membership!

 Questions? Contact Sherri at 715.342.2969 or sherri@nationalwellness.org

Join Now!


Offer expires June 22, 2018. Discount code applies to 1-year individual membership only, or to the 1-year renewal of a current individual membership. Regular individual rate: $135/yr.

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What is Your Mantra?

Posted By Ashley Denney, Thursday, April 19, 2018

Creating Professional and Personal Mantras

As professionals, we desire to help others in health and wellness through our knowledge, experience and training. We continue to learn and grow and provide the best practices for our clients and companies. There are so many options for certifications and avenues of wellness that it can be overwhelming sometimes to know what we should be learning or where our focus should be. A mantra can help us to fine tune our focus on what we want for our career and even personally in our life.

A mantra is a phrase that describes your passion, your desire, or your goals.A mantra is defined as a motivating chant, or any repeated word or phrase. In my coaching practice I call it the vision statement; a picture of who you are and what you desire.  The word mantra is derived from Sanskrit word meaning “a sacred message or charm”. Many might also use the word “motto” as a similar description. The difference between a motto and a mantra is how personal the phrase is. A mantra is a phrase that describes your passion, your desire, or your goals. It’s personal. It is a representation of your purpose and who you are as a professional or as a person. 

Our mantras can sometime be the same for our career and our life, or we may choose to create a separate mantra for each. Our mantras can be vague, covering a bigger picture of our goals, or it can be very specific and tailored to a specific event or timeline. For example, a vague mantra would be “I help others and I increase my knowledge consistently.” A more specific mantra could be “I am certified nutritional coach in 2018”. 

A mantra can be created annually, monthly or weekly. It is preference. If you are interested in creating a mantra today, below is a basic guide to finding your mantra. I challenge you to first take time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and aspirations. Maybe write down a few things that are in the front of your thoughts this month or year. You decide how vague or specific your mantra will be. Add more detail or specific goal as desired. Feel free to make one for personal and one for professional, or one for both. If you make a separate one for each, tailor your answers to just professionally or just personally. 

1. Write down 3 words that describe how you wish to feel in 2018. For example, mine would be happy, energetic, and confident.  If you have more than 3 ideas, write them all down. Then reflect on each and circle the 3 that are most important to you in this moment. 

2. Write 3 things you wish to accomplish this year. For example, mine would be to help others, improve health, one fun adventure. Again, if you have more write them all down and choose the 3 that are most important to you in this moment. 

3. Now, circle one word in each list that stands out to you the most today. The one that connects to your heart, the first thing in your head that really sticks out. Then use those two words to develop a statement; a positive, future tense statement, as if you are already accomplishing it. 

4. Write down your mantra on a piece of paper. Then below list 2-4 action steps that are needed to obtain this mantra. These can be small or large action steps, just be sure to use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym when setting these actions steps (Smart, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time sensitive).

When I first went through my coach certification, I created a simple mantra which was “I am able, and I am happy”. It appears as a vague statement, but I know it represented very specific things I was feeling and dealing with at the time. I had experienced health struggles and burnout from my job. That statement represented the goal I had of overcoming my health obstacles and getting back to enjoying what I do in a positive and nurturing environment.  This year my mantra is one word, which is “flourish”. It’s the basis for my blog. Your vision and needs change and shift in importance over time, so a mantra is a great way to narrow focus in a phrase that is easy to remember and repeat often. 

Whatever your mantra becomes, write it down where you will see it the most, or write it down in multiple places. The nightstand, the office computer, wherever you will be reminded of this statement. I like to type it into a colorful phrase and then frame it by my desk. Remind yourself of this desire daily, and create action steps to help you achieve your mantra in 2018. 


Ashley DenneyAshley Denney is wellness manager and certified health and wellness coach for a continuing care retirement community. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University. She is a AFAA Group exercise and yoga instructor. She is also a Certified health and wellness coach through WellCoaches. She lives in Virginia with her husband Todd and two dogs. Ashley enjoys anything outdoors, and teaches yoga and paddle board yoga in the summer. She is passionate about helping others live well in all areas of wellness. 

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A Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

Posted By Trevor McDonald, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Numerous factors kickstart an addiction; not all is to be blamed on the illicit substance itself. Since this is the case, many former addicts follow the holistic approach to overcome their addiction. The objective of holistic healing is to create a balance between the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of an individual. In other words, an ailment can only be properly alleviated if the entirety of a person is sound as opposed to solving one area of the whole problem. In addition to pre-existing addiction treatments such as psychotherapy or prescribed medication, holistic healing can also be equally effective.

This is how to have a holistic approach to addiction recovery:

Practice meditationRestore emotional balance

Guilt and shame are common emotions to experience after you decide to live in sobriety. However, these demanding emotions can cause episodes of anxiety and depression. The holistic approach encourages you to confront pain through either holistic therapy or meditation. By intentionally reflecting and assessing past life experiences and choices, you eventually see the big picture of what caused an addiction. Furthermore, reflection and honesty with oneself develop emotional resilience when in the face of challenging emotions and help you become more understanding and compassionate for yourself.

Alleviate physical symptoms

The state of one’s body is directly connected to how well their mind will function. Addiction recovery is not limited to one suffering emotional obstacles. It has a fair share of physical symptoms from withdrawal, mainly: fatigue, low energy, and muscle tension. You can alleviate the symptoms mentioned above with the use of acupuncture to restore proper blood circulation, massage therapy to stimulate relaxation, release muscle tension, and treat insomnia. 

Establish spiritual ground

There are multiple facets to spirituality besides connecting with a divine or religious deity. Spirituality also refers to your sense of self and the feeling of harmony with the surrounding world. After a life of abusing drugs, one may feel they have lost a significant part of their identity, which can ignite confusion on how to live in sobriety and even induce depression.

Find some spiritual ground by turning to yoga and meditation. Both practices deepen self-awareness and introspection, both of which are necessary to create perspective on the root causes of certain choices, overcome trauma from past experiences, and develop a plan of action to avoid relapse. Additionally, yoga and meditation are stress-reducers, which will permanently replace the previous coping mechanism of abusing substances.

Practice mindful nutrition

Eat only wholesome and clean food that optimizes organ function and exercise daily to sustain physical strength and energy. The act of eating is also important as well. Look to implement mindful eating which creates a connection to the act of eating food and encourages you to dedicate your attention to enjoying a meal. The philosophy behind this action is to ultimately help you develop a sense of awareness and understanding for how consuming certain foods and outside substances affect your body, whether that be positive or negative.

AromatherapyCreate a safe external environment

Avoid traveling to places that have triggers and break off relationships with people who will drag you back into substance abuse. There is no reason to include either in your life again. Regarding your living space, be intentional with the type of atmosphere you create. The home should be clean and organized, free of clutter that can otherwise frazzle thoughts and emotions; it needs to diminish your stress and promote relaxation! You should feel at ease devoting time to hobbies, unwinding from the world, and spending time in quiet solitude in your home. To amplify this positive and safe environment, implement the use of aromatherapy with essential oils and keep photos and sentimental items close. You can also breathe new life into the space by allowing in as much natural light as possible and decorating corners with plants— some of which remove toxins in the air.

In conclusion, holistic healing can provide tremendous benefit to a recovering addict and will be the perfect complement to any additional medical treatment. If you’re looking to begin a life of permanent sobriety and devoting equal attention to the emotional, physical, and spiritual elements of your mind and body, then starting out with a holistic approach is a strong first step.


Trevor McDonaldTrevor McDonald is a freelance writer and recovering addict and alcoholic who's been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.

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