Welcome back Sober People. Whether this is your “Sunday” (back to work tomorrow) or just another day ending in “Y” we will be sharing our favorite inspo for making the most of your downtime.
This week we are looking at the importance of morning rituals. Work days can be a blur starting from the moment you wake up all the way until your head hits the pillow at night. Days off are a good time to practice small, but deeply restorative acts that you don’t always have time for. What we do within the first few minutes of awakening can impact the rest of our day. Try any or all of these little practices to see how they feel!
Stretch: Arms above your head, head up, back straight but keeping all the joints soft (no locking the arms or straining.) If you like how that feels, consider trying some gentle yoga poses to awaken the body, get the chi flowing and transition the mind from slumber to wakefulness.
Make a gratitude list: write em’ out or say them aloud. Say hello to the world and greet your day with a few words of thanks before your feet even hit the floor.
Linger in your tranquil space: Brew some coffee or tea and get back under those covers! Or take a moment to pick out the clothes you will wear.
Get Grounded: Make the bed and straighten the books on the nightstand. Set out your clothes for the day or just gather anything dirty and put it into the laundry basket. Setting your room in order has a magical way of making you feel more centered as you start your day. Plus Sundays are laundry days so might as well get those socks and such into the basket anyway!
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Happy reading sober people!
Happy Fall Sober People!
Whether you welcome fall or mourn the end of summer this time of year can be tough. Shorter days, less sunshine and more time spent indoors can reduce energy levels and negatively impact mood. Which is what makes this the perfect time to recommit to a healthy activity routine. This isn’t about a beach body or losing weight: this is about committing to move your body a little every day because it’s really good for your mental health, your daily living and your recovery. Think of it as pumpkin spice for the soul.
Exercise and Sobriety
It’s scientific. One recent study on mental health and exercise found that regular, moderate-intensity exercise helped reduce cravings, improved overall mood and could serve as a useful coping strategy. There is also a strong correlation between the behavior modification recommended for people in early sobriety and the physical and mental changes that happen with regular exercises. In other words: exercise can change a person’s metabolism, fight stress and prime the mind for more learning.
Killing Time, Sleeping Soundly
Regular, moderate-to-high intensity workouts also have a documented impact on sleep. Studies have shown 15-30 minutes of exercise daily helps regulate natural processes in the body, including the production on melatonin. Exercise is also a great way to fill time — which people new in sobriety often find they have a lot of!
Where to Start
There is always the gym. Whether you have a membership collecting dust or have never joined a gym in your entire life: these can be social places where you’ll find many options for group classes or a variety of machines to try. We recommend starting with a gym that is located somewhere close to work or home and provides a comfortable atmosphere. There are some big chains to choose from and there are also smaller, more boutique gyms that provide one-on-one training and a much smaller, intimate workout space.
You name it, there’s a workout for it. Want to pretend you’re a ballerina? Try Barre. Want a little of the flow of yoga+ the strength training of pilates? Piyo has got you covered. Want a little of everything? There are multiple providers such as DailyBurn that feature lots of programs for a monthly subscription.
There’s an App for That
There are a lot of great workout apps that you can have with you at all times. From virtual running coaches for those looking to tackle a marathon in the spring to those looking to get in a little yoga every day — there’s a lot to choose from. This can be ideal as sometimes you just need to shut the door and punch up a 14 minute “Yoga for Relaxation” routine.
Just remember as the days grow shorter and the couch/Netflix beckons that your body and mind need to be extra-nurtured.
Join us Saturday, September 16th @ Serenity Lane West 11th Intensive Outpatient Office, 4211 West 11th, Eugene for a Serenity Lane Alumni resume building and job seeker skills workshop. 9:00am-Noon
To Register call Layne Frambes 541-733-6698 or Email: email@example.com
The workshop will be led by Heather McBride whose business, Inclarity 360 helps job seekers with everything from resume writing to interview techniques.
- Fee is $10.00 per person.
- We have 20 spaces for this class available so sign up ahead of time to reserve your place!
- SL will provide breakfast rolls& coffee
- Family Members are welcome but need to pay the class fee
The class will cover the following:
1. Principles of resume writing
2. Reviewing a model template
3. Worksheets in group breakouts with Heather.
4. Dos and Don’ts.
5. Q&A regarding alumni concerns – job gaps, job hopping,
tapping into skills, etc.
6. 1:1 reviewing their current resume and feedback or group review
The first annual Serenity Lane Soaring for Sobriety disc golf tournament was a blast!
We had so much fun! 37 professional and amateur disc golfers turned out plus a small army of volunteers. Pictures coming but meantime: some stores from the day and shout outs to those who made it happen.
One couple actually flew down from Seattle just to play in the tournament. Another player, a person who went through Serenity Lane’s Intensive Outpatient program in Portland won 1st place in his division. And when he received his trophy, he began weeping with tears of joy; stating he has been playing disc golf for over ten years and never won a game. He has now been sober for 14 months and he won his first trophy.
The pros walked away with some really nice cash prizes. and one of the amateurs won four tickets to this year’s Bi-Mart Country Music Festival. Another lucky raffle winner (a volunteer) took away a brand new kayak! There were many other great prizes, thanks to our sponsors.
A very big thank you to our title sponsor, Willamette Family Treatment Services. We thank you for your support, your time and for helping make this event truly special. From the great remarks from executive director Susie Dey to the 10 volunteers who came out the day of the event to help ensure everything ran smoothly.
And to our additional sponsors: Sponsors, Inc., Chambers Construction, Bi-Mart and Play it Again Sports: thank you. Your support enabled us to bring together alumni, disc golf pros, friends and family on a beautiful, sunny day to celebrate recovery, eat tasty food and go home with some fabulous prizes!
(stay tuned for pictures!)