5 Ways to Heal Your Brain
Alcohol and drugs can contribute to changes in your brain. Certain drugs affect areas of the brain related to feeling pleasure, sleep regulation, mood, concentration, and memory. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help the healing process.
1- Taking control of your sleep. Not getting quality rest at night can affect your mood and concentration the next day. In order to get the most out of your recovery and heal, you need to be getting enough sleep at night. Here are some tips to get the most out of bedtime.
- Lay in your bed when you are tired and ready for bed
- Limit or cut out electronics and light at bedtime
- Don’t eat heavy for sleep
- Consider meditation music before bed
2- Healthy eating contributes to brain power. There is a connection between diet and mood. If you eat sugary foods loaded with carbs, you will feel sluggish and fatigued during the day. Here are some foods that encourage brain power:
- Fresh veggies
- Unsalted, raw nuts
3- Meditation and mindfulness aid the healing process. Part of healing from addiction is to learn how to calm yourself. Meditation and mindfulness are excellent ways to stay in the moment and rid your mind of negative thoughts. You can go to a mindfulness therapist to learn how to implement strategies in your daily life. You could also:
- Dedicate 5-10 minutes a day of meditation
- Have quiet time every day
- Mindfully eat a meal
- Pick up yoga
4- Pleasure and fun is actually good for you. When you get sober, your definition of fun may change. Many medical professional actually understand and encourage their patients to go out and have fun, here are some examples:
- Take a vacation
- Go to a concert
- Learn to paint
- Try a new hobby
- Join a sports time
- The list is endless
5- Healthy relationships can also help heal your brain. Toxic relationships can negatively affect your mood. Try to stay connected with people who are positive, sober, or can hold you accountable. Healthy relationships really boost your mood and focus.
Hired Power understands addiction treatment. Hired Power uses innovative approaches to helping you get and stay sober. If you want to learn more about healing your body and mind, call Hired Power today at 714-559-3919. Hired Power is the expert you need to help you take your first steps towards recovery.