For people in early recovery the journey out into the world after rehab can be draining, but it can also be full of wonder and opportunity. It’s true leaving the comfort of rehab, a place where healing and inner work was done, can be scary and overwhelming at first. However, staying spiritually fit can return that comfort and empower people in early recovery to experience their Higher Power in a way many of us did not when we were in our disease. Spiritual self care is as important as physical and emotional self-care although it is very often overlooked. Below are ways people in early recovery can connect with their spirit and stay spiritually fit after leaving the bubble of rehab.
Whether it be finding a home group that makes you feel comfortable or joining a gym to be around like minded people, it is essential to our spiritual health that we connect to those around us. People are meant to connect with one another, the program gives a unique opportunity to do just that. Young peoples meeting, refuge recovery, celebrate recovery, wellbriety and gender specific meetings are all great places to connect to people who can support you in your spiritual journey in recovery.
Taking time to be still and reflect gives the opportunity to connect with yourself and your higher power. Download an APP such as CALM that provides you with meditation exercises and guided imagery. Practice mindfulness – be mindful of your thoughts, words and intentions, when you notice something you wish to correct take that moment to pause and do so.
Be in Nature
It is very often the case that while we were using we did not participate in many recreational activities or spend much time appreciating the natural beauty around us. Now is the time to get outside, go Hiking, swim , explore the batting cages or round up friends to play soccer in the park. Participate in the holistic practice of “earthing”, standing in the grass barefoot just connecting with the earth, imagine how peaceful that could be.
Keep a Journal
Creative expression is a great way to connect with your higher power and your spirit. Keep a theme specific journal or just let the words flow out, write to yourself or the cosmos. Whatever it is you decide to write about you will be connecting to your spirit and higher power with every pen stroke.