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This is Why You Need to Get Outside During Recovery

This Is Why You Need To Get Outside During Recovery

Working through addiction recovery is never easy, but by entering into rehab, you have already taken one of the most difficult steps. If you can admit you have an addiction and are committed to staying sober, then you need to take some additional steps to care of yourself. One of the simplest ways to do just that and contribute to your recovery is to spend more time outside. How can the outdoors impact your recovery? Keep reading to find out more.

Exercising Outside Can Boost Endorphones

Recovery can be an intense process that leaves you feeling drained and mentally exhausted. Being outside, however, can help relieve some of those feelings. Exercising outside can provide even more relief. Being in nature helps your body and mind relax, and exercise aides your brain in the production of endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” chemicals in your brain that allow you to experience pleasure. So, by getting outside for a walk, a run, or a bike ride, you’re giving your brain and body a boost of positivity that is needed right now. Want even bigger mental fitness benefits? Then get into mountain biking! Biking has all the perks of exercising outdoors and gives you a chance to work out your feelings, do some meditation and feel a sense of accomplishment. If you’re up for this kind of adventure, make sure you have the right bike before you hit some local trails. Spend a little time online and do some research to find a bike that fits your budget, skill level, and outdoors needs.

A Litte Sun Can Offer A Lot Of Benefits

Committing to addiction recovery means committing to creating a happier, healthier version of yourself. One way you can do this is to think of yourself as a big plant with feelings. No, seriously — humans need sunlight just like plants do. Just a few minutes in the sun each day can fight off infections, lower your blood pressure, and even prevent certain kinds of cancer. Sunlight has also been shown to improve the symptoms of depression, which can be very beneficial for those in recovery. Many addictions (if not most) stem from some kind of underlying mental health issue, such as depression, and being outside is a natural way to alleviate those symptoms. You only need a few minutes a day to take advantage of all of these benefits, so if you plan on being in the sun longer, remember to apply sunscreen. Also, be aware that some medications, including certain antidepressants, may make you more sensitive to sunburn.

Enjoying Nature Can Enhance Your Health

By starting your recovery, you are already taking a huge step in enhancing your overall health and well-being. Being in nature can take those efforts another big leap forward. Researchers and medical professionals all agree that spending more time outdoors is a prescription for better health. Studies repeatedly show that sunlight helps your body produce more vitamin D, which can be instrumental in fending off heart disease and stroke, as well as symptoms of depression. Furthermore, spending time outside can also help your body heal much faster. Even having a view to the outdoors is enough to speed up recovery and enhance your concentration. Since recovery is a process of healing that involves quite a bit of concentration, it makes sense to incorporate a little al fresco activity into your recovery efforts. Try taking your breakfast outside or taking a stroll through a local park to get your mind and body feeling their best. Dealing with an addiction shouldn’t leave you feeling stressed or down. You are taking such a positive move toward a brighter future, so why not make it even brighter by spending some time in the sun? Getting outdoors is a simple way to get yourself in a better frame of mind and get ready to tackle this important journey. So, take a hike, hit some trails, or simply take your breaks outdoors to bring more health and happiness into your life.

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Kimberly Hayes enjoys writing about health and wellness and created to help keep the public informed about the latest developments in popular health issues and concerns. In addition to studying to become a crisis intervention counselor, Kimberly is hard at work on her new book, which discusses the ins and outs of alternative addiction treatments.

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Samantha is the author of "My Bipolar Mind: You're not alone," she is also a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate who runs and manages her own mental health blog

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