Taking care of yourself in recovery is the best thing you can do. As you step into the world from treatment, ready to take on the world of sober living, you may be wondering how in the world you will fill your time now. This new world of adventure awaits. Keeping active and busy will support a healthy lifestyle but also keep you focused on what you need to do to stay clean and moving forward. When people leave addiction treatment, it is easy to get back into old habits. Find out why activities like kayaking provide a safe, healthy, hobby in recovery.
Benefits of Kayaking
Even if you are not an active person who loves sports or taking a boat out, the slow paddle on a lake can be a fun activity. Being outdoors is a great way to boost mood when you are having a hard day. It is even better if you are outside and working at something. Kayaking keeps you busy. If you are focused on not tipping over or getting into the water, you will realize that it can be a fun, engaging way, to give yourself something fun to do and keep yourself busy.
One of the benefits of staying active is that your mind and body don’t have as much time to sit around thinking about substances or places that trigger use. When you kayak, you can be free to let your mind wander in nature, engage your other senses, and start to feel like you are able to enjoy life differently. When thoughts creep back in, it is easier to remind yourself where you are and that when you are out in nature, you don’t have to worry about those things and simply let them drift away.
Peace and Serenity
When you are out on the water, there is the peace and serenity of knowing you are alone in the water and enjoying a nice day on the water. Let someone know you are going or join a group of people for a sober ride. Nature is also great for connecting to source or higher power, so that can be helpful in learning to let go of control and enjoy something new. The sound of water, birds, and wind can bring in the sunshine and cool air that is relaxing. If you are struggling with stress or anxiety from treatment, kayaking and being on the water can bring a sense of calm and peace that you might enjoy post rehab. The brain and body need to be engaged in different ways to support recovery, so getting outside the box and trying something new can be fun. Look for ways to try it alone, with others, and even take longer trips where you are out for a whole day with a packed lunch. Think of alternatives to the spaces you normally embody and you might find you really like being in nature, outside, thinking of nothing but the air you are breathing and how it sits in your body in this moment.
Kayaking and being on the water can increase your ability to focus on the positive things in life. Oceanfront can support your recovery by helping you focus on getting rid of addiction so you can enjoy life more. We are founded on the principle of providing the best in care and services at affordable prices. We are located in beautiful Laguna Beach. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 877-296-7477