Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Healthy Habits

Compulsions.  Ever felt them?  Ever wanted to buy just one more lottery ticket so you can win the $300 million dollars to give to charity?  Note sarcasm.  FYI: Most people who win the lottery end up bankrupt just in case you decided to play again.  

Compulsions are difficult to deal with for most people.  The problem with compulsion is that it is an intense urge to act out a behavior (i.e. sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.) believing it will feel good and make life better.  Sometimes this is true.  For example, after a tough cardio work out, I feel compelled to drink a lot of water because I am thirsty.  In this scenario, compulsion is a good thing because my body will reset itself and thirst will disappear.  Unfortunately, most compulsions are not helpful and carry long-term consequences.  The trick is to figure out when you're experiencing a compulsion and knowing what to do when you feel it.  

Enter healthy habits!  A habit is something that a person does over and over again.  Actually, they do it habitually, pardon the pun.  That is, repetition and consistency.  These two little words carry a lot of weight and power.  When you apply repetition and consistency in building healthy habits, you will be amazed at how much your life will change for the better.  

What's a healthy habit?  Glad you asked.  Eating right.  That is, eating plenty of vegetables and fruit.  Also it includes reducing carbs and fat in your diet.  Complete abstinence from alcohol and drugs is the best choice you can make for yourself.  Every day that you choose to stay sober is one more day of retraining your brain and your expectations to use.  It helps you let go.  

What healthy habit(s) would you like to start doing today?  Here's some homework (a.k.a. 'opportunities for growth'):  Write out 1 habit in each of the following categories that you can implement today for the next 30 days.  It takes 21 days to build a habit into your life.  Make it a healthy habit and you will not regret it.  Good luck!  

Healthy Habits:
1. Eat 3 small meals with appropriate servings and nutrients
2.  Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night
3.  Exercise 30 minutes at least 2-3x a week, preferably every day.  Anything to get your body moving.  
4.  Call a friend, have coffee and talk about where you are at in recovery and your life in general.
5.  Start a healthy hobby (i.e. a music instrument, a sport, a new book, painting, etc.)

The Coleman Institute specializes in helping people change their unhealthy habits so they can get clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.   If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  Help, hope and healing begin here!

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