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SelfCareSunday for Sober People

SelfCareSunday for Sober People

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!

 

 

Recovery Reads!

Recovery Reads!

 

Russell Brand is a bit of a braggart, a talented comedian and an outspoken figure on the topic of recovery from addiction. With 14 years of sobriety and a real knack for storytelling, Russell’s new book is a spellbinding read with some legit nuggets of truth about getting and staying sober.

For more enticing description of Brand and his new book, check out this glowing review from the NYTimes.

Happy reading sober people!

 

Back by popular demand: Nonalcoholic drink recipes for fall

Back by popular demand: Nonalcoholic drink recipes for fall

Chilly weather, rain and darker days make us dream of steaming mugs of hot chocolate,  warm, golden tea and bright, bold cups of coffee. Time to get your festive fall nonalcoholic drink on y’all! Here are some of our favorite recipes for this time of year:

Hot Chocolate (traditional): Treat yo’self and go all in on this delectable treat — you won’t regret it. Say YES to the real milk, use either semi-sweet or dark chocolate and a splash of cinamon for best results.

Golden Milk Turmeric Tea: This blend of savory spice and anti-inflammatory root elements will soothe any cough or cold, jump start the body first thing in the morning and is sure to grow on you. Healthy, invigorating and wholesome we recommend brewing it in big batches and drinking liberally through cough and cold season.

Cashew Milk Nightcap: This technique qill work as well for almonds and hazelnuts as it does with cashews. Each of these nuts has its own pros: almonds pack protein, hazelnuts have vitamin B and E and cashews are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin E. Use this recipe to make your milk and then try warming it up on the stove top and whisking it into a froth for a soothing, pre-sleep nightcap.

Spiced Cider: Rich, warm and full-bodied this drink has the dual benefits of being delicious and making your kitchen smell AMAZING. Can be done on the stove or in a crock pot.

London Fog: Fragrant, soothing Earl Grey tea meets creamy, steamy milk with some sweet vanilla for fun.

When the days get short, it’s time to get moving

When the days get short, it’s time to get moving

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.

Online Workouts

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.

 

 

 

Happy National Recovery Month!

Happy National Recovery Month!

September is National Recovery Month and the theme this year is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.” The active word in this being JOIN. That can mean signing up for service work, joining a volunteer group or simply putting out your hand and offering to share some experience, strength and hope.

One of the things we have learned working in recovery is that it’s a WE program. The individual who comes in for help brings with them a family — a spouse or parent, children and friends — who have also been impacted by the disease of addiction. We work with the individual who suffers AND the friends and family. There is healing to be done, behaviors and ideas to examine and lots of tools to practice using going forward.

Throughout the month we’ll be sharing some of these stories and tools but for starters, here are some real life tales of recovery that include multiple perspectives on the recovery process from our podcast series: Voices of Recovery. 

We’ll be starting work on season 2 this month and if you would like to share your story please contact us at mdanziger@serenitylane.org.

 

Calling all sober job seekers!

Calling all sober job seekers!

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: lframbes@serenitylane.org 

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