Habits That Make You More Stressed Out

Everyone deals with stress and, if left uncontrolled, it can be very damaging to your physical and mental health – and, of course, to your long-term sobriety. In fact, it’s the leading cause of relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While we’re all likely familiar with common stressors – for example, relationships,…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Running

Running is great for recovery – it will help you get fit, fend off stress, improve sleep and form friendships with other runners.  Starting a new running habit doesn’t have to be daunting – all that’s required is some well-fitted sneakers and a willingness to get moving. These strategies will help keep you safe and…

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Got Anxiety? Mindful Meditation May Help

A bout of meditation may do wonders to minimize mind wandering, especially if you or someone you love is coping with anxiety or experiencing anxious thoughts, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.  Researchers found that a mere 10 minutes of daily mindful meditation can reduce incidents of repetitive, off-task thinking, which…

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6 Healthy Ways to Express Your Emotions

Recovery is a roller coaster of emotions – from frustration to fear to anger to guilt. While it’s certainly not easy, taking control of these oft-misunderstood emotions is essential for lasting sobriety. Alcohol and drug addiction can numb your emotions and they may even feel more intense once you get sober. Part of recovery is learning how…

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Can Poor Sleep Lead to Pessimism?

Having trouble sleeping? You may have a more difficult time seeing the positive side of things, according to a new study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety. And the link is especially strong if you suffer from anxiety disorder or a major depressive disorder, say researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College…

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Is Your Smartphone Use Becoming a Problem?

Your smartphone may be causing personal, social, and workplace problems – and females are even more susceptible to smartphone addiction, according to small study by researchers from Binghamton University-State University of New York.  Participants were placed into one of the following types:  Thoughtful Regular Highly Engaged Fanatic Addict The users in both the “fanatic” and “addict”…

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Depression Leading Cause of Poor Health

Recent findings from the World Health Organization (WHO) say depression is now the leading cause of illness and disability across the globe. And it’s linked to other disorders and diseases, including substance use disorder, according to WHO. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of people living with depression rose 18 percent, jumping to 300 million people worldwide,…

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How FOMO Can Harm Your Recovery

Do you ever experience “FOMO,” or the “Fear of Missing Out”? This phenomenon, defined as ‘‘the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you’’ – impacts nearly three quarters of young adults.  Not only…

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