While many people see spring cleaning as way to get their home in order, it can also be a way to get your life in order. It can give you just the boost you need to stay motivated and focused on your addiction recovery. And while you’re at it, it can have a positive effect on your house too. So what does it mean to “spring clean” your addiction recovery?
Are there tasks you’ve been putting off like getting around to finding an exercise class to join or figuring out which support group meeting to go to while still getting your kids to soccer practice? Set aside time to schedule appointments, research new opportunities, and establish a general routine that works well for you and your recovery needs. What you were doing over the winter or last fall might not be as effective anymore.
You can also organize the clutter in your home so everything is in its place and doesn’t feel so disheveled. Walking into a room and looking at a mess can make you feel more stressed. Time to get rid of any lingering drug or alcohol paraphernalia and safely dispose of unused prescription medications too. Make sure you’re living in a clean, safe space where you can focus on recovery.
As you’re clearing the dust and cobwebs from the nooks and crannies of your house, think about doing the same for your joints and muscles. Make it a point to start walking more, go swimming or surfing, ride your bike, play some pick-up basketball, or hit a tennis ball back and forth with a friend. Try new exercise classes or routines to boost your health and build strength and flexibility. Exercise releases endorphins which are a natural mood booster, and staying active can also burn off excess energy and stress that may have been weighing you down.
You may find that now is a great time to spring clean your social circle too. Are you still hanging out with people who are not fully supportive of your recovery lifestyle? Do you have relationships that drag you down instead of lifting you up? Look to spend more time with people who make you feel good about yourself and encourage you to stay committed to your recovery. Branch out and find new activities to try with people who share similar interests. Start volunteering and socialize while giving back and supporting others. Make sure you’re surrounding yourself with the right kind of people you want in your life.
It’s not too late to change, and everyone has areas of their life they can improve upon. Decide what yours are and start putting forth a conscious effort to do things differently. Take the time to review your recovery goals and make adjustments as necessary. If you realize you’re not on the path you want to be on, turn to Seacliff Recovery Center for addiction treatment and ongoing support for recovery.Could you benefit from additional recovery support? Turn to Seacliff and learn more about our wide range of programs.