Part of the reason we choose to go to treatment is because we are no longer capable of taking care of ourselves on a daily basis. The way we have adapted to living our lives with active addiction and secondary mental health conditions is not sufficient in the way that we need it to be. Our curriculum at treatment will be customized to our specific co-occurring disorders, meaning our substance use disorder and whatever mental health issues we may also be facing. Anxiety, depression, as well as bipolar, which can include symptoms of both anxiety and depression, are some of the most common mental health disorders co-occurring with addiction. During the course of treatment, we learn critical life skills for handling, regulating, and managing our mental health at home. Treatment doesn’t last forever. When we graduate and transition back into our independent lives, the rubber meets the road, as it is said. We put our education and training into practice in order to treat our anxiety and depression at home.
Treating anxiety and depression naturally is more a matter of lifestyle than specific treatments. Holistic living is focused on incorporating activities and practices throughout the day which benefit mind, body, and spirit. Anxiety and depression affect all three areas concurrently. Lifestyle changes which support holistic wellness are living treatments for both anxiety and depression.
- Get enough sleep: Sleep affects everything about our day. Depression and anxiety can include ruminating thoughts, restless bodies, and disrupted sleep. Good sleep hygiene should include a full 6-8 hours of deep sleep.
- Exercise for 20-30 minutes a day minimum: Exercise is a proven treatment technique for reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Endorphins produced by exercise are feel good brain chemicals which stimulate other good feelings. Any kind of movement will do for at least 20-30 minutes.
- Eat right for your brain: The brain needs nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids to function well. Eat right for your brain by eating foods which provide health vitamins, nutrients, and fats to the brain instead of chemicals and sugars. Food is medicine. What you eat is how you will feel.
- Mindfulness and meditation: Various studies have found that mindfulness and meditation can put symptoms of depression into remission. All you need is 5 minutes of focused mindfulness and meditation a day to feel the benefits.
- Spend time in nature: Research has found that just looking at pictures and videos of nature can reduce stress as well as improve feelings of wellbeing. Getting into natural sunlight can help produce emotion regulating Vitamin D. Being around green space or blue space helps reset our nervous system, sending calm throughout our being.
- Take natural supplements: Nature is full of medicine in all of its plants and flowers. A variety of natural supplements, including essential oils like lavender, can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. From tinctures and pills to teas and oils, there are many ways to bring the benefits of nature from outside to inside.
The best move to make for recovery from drug abuse is the quickest move by calling and asking for help immediately. Recovery is possible and healing will take place in mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers a holistic based, 12-step inspired, clinically proven program for alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Call (844) 234-LIVE today for information on our partial care programs.