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Should I Create Wellness Goals in Recovery?

As the year winds down, it is a time for reflection and resolutions. It can be a great time to create goals around health and wellness in recovery. Your goals will ideally address your specific needs to improve your overall well-being. Treatment offers the opportunity to learn holistic solutions like nutrition and wellness.

Creating wellness goals is a great way to achieve improved health. Goals surrounding wellness generally fall into two categories: behavioral or outcome-related. Behavioral goals are about a specific behavior, such as a goal of going on a 15-minute walk every day. An outcome-related goal is centered around achieving particular results, such as losing 10 pounds.

Regardless of the type, having a goal provides direction for change. It gives you a structure through which to work on changes you want to make in your life. Without goals, you can easily feel overwhelmed by the changes you want to make. Goals provide a specific item on which to work and give you an outcome or behavior to focus on. This can help to improve motivation and continue to make changes as you recover.

What Is Wellness?

Wellness is a state of being in good health in many dimensions of your life. According to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), wellness includes the following eight dimensions:

  • Finances
  • Occupation
  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Environmental

All of these dimensions play a role in our overall well-being and are connected. This means that when you have an issue in one area, it will not only impact how you feel overall, but it will also impact the other aspects of your well-being. For example, financial concerns can create physical stress, or spiritual discourse can lead to emotional stress.

Finding Your Individual Path

The path to wellness will look different for each individual. It will address your specific needs to help you to improve your health and overall well-being. However, wellness goals commonly include some of the following:

  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Stress management
  • Building community
  • Life skills such as finances or cooking
  • Work

Finding Balance

Creating balance in your life is an essential aspect of wellness. Each individual has different needs, aspirations, and preferences, and therefore balance will look different for each person. There will also be specific cultural differences that are important to consider. Remember, finding a balance between work, family, and other needs takes time. If finding such a balance is something you are struggling with, that’s okay. Reaching out to your support network or mental health care professionals can help you identify how to move forward and achieve the balance you want.

Finding a balance helps you get through challenging times. When we are in more stressful periods, we rely on our habits. Having balanced wellness gives us support and options when we need them. This is because we can reach out to family, rely on our physical or mental health, or utilize spiritual support to get through challenges.

The Value of Wellness in Recovery

Mental and physical health are well known to be associated with improved outcomes in recovery. Making goals to improve your well-being can help you successfully maintain your sobriety. Research has found that depressive symptoms, anxiety, and stress can lead to relapse.

Recovery is a long-term path in which you learn to care for yourself and manage situations without drugs or alcohol. Wellness goals in recovery are a great way to grow habits that support your overall well-being. This helps to decrease the risk of relapse while allowing you to live a more satisfied and happy life in recovery.

How We Approach Health and Wellness at Enlightened Solutions

At Enlightened Solutions, we believe in a holistic approach to recovery. Our programs allow and encourage reflection, community building, and making a connection between your core beliefs and actions. We teach skills that can help you to improve your wellness in treatment and beyond.

We help our clients cultivate and practice the following skills to help them learn to care for their wellness:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Spiritual
  • Community
  • Energy levels
  • Mental health
  • Exercise
  • Stress relief

At Enlightened Solutions, these wellness aspects are incorporated into our treatment programs. This is because we strongly believe in supporting each client in every aspect of their healing. When our clients learn the skills needed to find a balance in their well-being, they can carry these skills into their lives after treatment and beyond.

Each client’s support and needs look different. This includes the goals they create, how they make changes, and the type and amount of support needed. However, goals help clients to make changes on the path to recovery from substance abuse and addiction. In our experience, making attainable goals that address each individual’s needs has successful and fruitful results.

Around the end of the year, people tend to consider some goals and resolutions for the year to come. As a whole, wellness is the combination of every aspect of our lives. These parts intersect and impact each other. Wellness is very important in recovery and plays a role in your ability to maintain sobriety. At Enlightened Solutions, we integrate wellness into every program we offer. We support clients in their needs in order to improve mental and physical health along with spirituality and community. If you are interested in learning more about our programs and how we can help you, call us today at (833) 801-LIVE to speak with a knowledgeable and caring staff member. 

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