27 Aug Using the End of Summer to Aid Your Recovery
Summer is slowly coming to a close, and the beautiful autumn is beginning. The end of summer is the perfect time to change your life, as the world too is changing in an inspiring way. Read on to learn how you can use the autumn season to help you overcome your addiction.
Let the beautiful fall colors inspire you to change your life. Every year, the world sheds its skin, so to speak, to allow new growth in the spring. The process is beautiful. F Scott Fitzgerald said “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Autumn is a great time to reconnect with yourself and with nature on your path to recovery. Change is what keeps us going — use the changing of the seasons to change your life. You too can start your life all over again this fall.
Autumn is a Time to Let Go
Deciduous trees shed their leaves to help them survive the winter months. They absorb nutrients from the leaves into the roots (hence the changing colors) and then literally cut off their leaves, and seal off the connection point to help them conserve water and energy. You too can cut off those things in your life that are inhibiting you, and focus on the essentials. Let go of everything that is unhealthy in your life, from addictions to toxic relationships. Create space for new growth in your life, and allow yourself to not only survive but flourish.
Autumn Brings Responsibility
Throughout your life, the start of autumn came to mean responsibility. When you were a kid, summer ended and school began. You suddenly had somewhere that you had to be every day, you had to sit down and pay attention instead of run around carefree outside, and once you got home, you had to do your homework. It became a habit. Now that you are an adult, your life isn’t structured quite the same way, but you can use the onset of autumn to become more responsible. Nothing is more responsible than properly taking care of your body and mind.
It is Easy to Eat Healthy
Autumn is the harvest season — meaning that produce can be quite inexpensive. Eating healthy can help you feel better, curb addictions, and replenish your body with nutrients that you lost while you were addicted. Avoid sugars and processed foods, and focus on giving your body the nutrients that it needs. Eat foods rich in protein (such as tofu, poultry, and nuts), fiber (whole grains), and healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, avocado, salmon, etc.). Drink at least 50 ounces of water a day.