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Movement: Get Active to Support Recovery

Getting into a fitness and wellness routine is essential during your recovery journey. Exercise is so beneficial for those who are trying to recover from mental illnesses and/or addiction. We know it can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to get up and get moving, so we’ve put together a little guide on how to wake up and get active to support your recovery.

Prepare the Night Before

Some people have no problem waking up and jumping out of bed to get their day started. We know that this isn’t the case for everyone. Some of us really struggle to wake up and get out of bed. Preparing for your day before you go to sleep can make your morning routine much easier. Put out the clothes you’re going to wear, pack your school or work bag, and set your alarm with enough time so you don’t feel like you’re rushing.

Let out a Yawn

Writer for Wellness Journal magazine Kate Bennett explains that throughout the night, our bodies need less oxygen because we are resting. This can cause our breathing to become short and shallow. Once you wake up, break that cycle by taking some deep breaths and yawning. Doing so will bring more oxygen to your brain and body, helping you to feel more energized.

Get Moving

Once you are awake, it can be helpful to get your heart rate up. You can do this by stretching, going for a walk, or practicing some yoga. Doing something active helps to wake up your body and get you ready for the day ahead.

5 Tips to Wake-Up Well

Bennet explains five methods she uses to support her in waking up happy in the morning Practicing these techniques consistently allows her to show up each day as the best version of herself, and therefore, live her best life.

  1. Assess your alarm: Many people have a harsh-sounding alarm early in the morning. This can cause us to wake up in a panic. Try choosing a more positive sound to wake up to in the morning so you don’t dread the alarm going off.
  2. Think about gratitude: Once you wake up, try thinking of three things you’re grateful for today. They can be as simple as the breakfast you will eat, or that activity you have planned for later. Whatever you’re looking forward to, notice that you are thankful for it.
  3. Stop snoozing: It can be so tempting to hit the snooze button and stay in bed for a few more minutes. However, hitting the snooze button throws off your morning routine. Stop hitting snooze!
  4. Activate airplane mode: Try not to reach for your phone as soon as you wake up. Putting your phone on airplane mode or silent helps ensure that you will not be woken up by notifications. Doing so also limits distractions upon awakening. Try to be free of distractions once you wake up.
  5. Try not to look at your phone before you go to sleep: Just like it’s not good to immediately look at your phone when you wake up, it’s not good to be attached to it before you go to sleep either. This throws off your sleep routine and can keep you awake throughout the night. Practice putting your phone down a few hours before bed to ensure you get your rest.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you get up and get moving in the morning! We want to help you get on with your day. For more information about the programs we offer, reach out to one of our professionals today, at 866-697-7573.