Recovery can be stressful after treatment, adjusting to a new environment without the structure and support system that you have become comfortable with. Staying strong in recovery those first few months after are so important when it comes to instilling those changes into the rest of your life.
Keeping your thoughts from wandering to the past can be difficult, but there are ways you can overcome it and the struggle that may come with.
You are not alone
The most important thing for you to understand is that you are not alone.
There are several people going through the same process.
Don’t be afraid to look to others for support, especially family, friends and the staff here at Full Circle Recovery.
We all want you to succeed.
Keeping your mind busy can be a huge advantage as you go through recovery.
Try new activities and find activities that you enjoy – read, go hiking, take a trip to the beach, do yoga, learn to play a sport.
Anything that you can become passionate about can help you redirect your thoughts.
If you intend to stay local after treatment, we want to help get you the best start possible in recovery.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Norco to fill up your days.
Norco is a beautiful place, with a lot going on. Being in fresh air is good for you, and one of the easiest ways to feel better is to go outside.
Even if you sit on your front steps for 15 minutes and relax or walk around the block, the sunshine and air will feel great.
Pumpkin Rock Trail is a few minutes outside of Norco, it is a fun hike up to a rock painted like a giant pumpkin.
There is also a beautiful hike at Graffiti Falls. It’s about 30 minutes, but the trail is still a beginner’s level hike. You find the entrance by looking for the sign for Lake Hills Reserve.
You can go on these hikes alone, or take some friends with you.
Find a hobby
Hobbies are great because they can go in any direction you like. Pick up a book, take a yoga class, write poems, draw or learn to play a sport.
Find something in your life that you can focus on giving attention to, and that brings you happiness and entertainment.
Having a hobby will help keep you from having free time that leads to unwanted thoughts.
There is a yoga studio in Corona, Just Yoga. It is open to all levels of yoga and offers classes, workshops and training. You can check out their schedule by visiting their site!
Another simple way to keep yourself focused on your recovery is to help someone else in need.
There are several opportunities to serve throughout and around Norco, CA.
Not only can serving others help distract you from negative thoughts or behavior, but it also helps put your life in perspective.
People often do not realize that we are lucky to have the struggles that we do until we meet someone who is facing or has faced circumstances that are perceived as greater struggles than our own.
You can make a profound impact on others’ lives by being willing to help them; help them stay positive and find hope.
“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.” – Regina Brett
If you want to get involved in service, JustServe is a fantastic resource.
It can match you with organizations and help you get started doing good things for the community.
Take care of yourself
At the end of the day, you know what is best for you, and what you need.
There are a lot of things that you can do to get out and about around California to create experiences and keep yourself from being stuck in “idle time”.
However, it is also important that you take time for yourself and learn to enjoy being alone.
Take a bubble bath, binge on your favorite show, meditate, listen to music while you clean the house, etc. Sometimes a break for yourself is just what you need to reconnect with yourself.
Take time to think about what you want, set goals and build yourself up.
Even going to the movies by yourself can be a chance to enjoy something without any pressure from other people.
Creating healthy physical habits like going to a gym, for a run, or even just working out in your living room can establish a routine that keeps your mind and body healthy.
Set goals, and aim for them each and every day. When you hit a milestone, reward yourself and set another goal.
They don’t need to be anything big. It can be something simple like drinking at least half a gallon of water a day for the week.
Take recovery one day at a time
Along with looking out for yourself and working to better yourself, make sure you take it one step at a time.
Don’t put pressure on yourself to make leaps and bounds all at once.
Start small and focus on what you can do today to improve your life. Don’t worry about where you should be in two years, two months, or even in two weeks.
Small and simple changes and habits created daily will help make a very positive impact in the future.
Focus on the positive side and know there is always hope. If you have a day where you struggle, sit down and think about how far you’ve come.
Instead of avoiding all anxiety or stress you may feel, try to find why and ways that you can overcome that.
Whatever works best for you to get into a healthy routine is the best way to go.
Do what makes you feel the most comfortable with the changes you are going through.
You don’t need to slam a ton of activities into your day at once, but if you feel restless or struggled, try something out.
Don’t let your struggles control your life after treatment and keep you from living to the fullest.
If you feel that you are struggling with any aspect of recovery, know that help is available and you are not alone.
You don’t have to work through recovery alone, even after treatment feel free to reach out to us.
There is no shame in asking for help, and we are ready to listen and help through anything you need.