3. Yoga Therapy
There is a myriad of benefits of yoga, from stress and pain relief to increased energy levels and self-awareness. Just 20 minutes of yoga can improve cognitive function. Because of this, it’s becoming increasingly common in addiction recovery programs to prevent relapse, reduce cravings and serve as an outlet for stressors.
Addiction is a disease where the mind and body feel unstable without substances. A strong mind-body connection is critical to a healthy, lasting recovery, which is where yoga comes in. It strengthens the mind and body and helps people feel more comfortable in their skin.
4. Nature Therapy
Compared to other parts of the world, the United States is relatively disconnected from the world around us. It’s important for everyone to get outside, but the therapeutic benefits of nature are especially useful for those in recovery.
In a world that can make us feel bogged down, nature helps you understand that you’re a part of something that’s alive. Nature is a complex, living thing, yet everything coexists naturally, as it has since the beginning on time. By realizing that you are a part of nature, you can feel a stronger sense of purpose, connection and belonging, as well as a sincere appreciation for something that is bigger than any one person.
Spending time outside helps you become a part of nature. It’s a sensory experience that increases presence and awareness. A simple walk outside can decrease anxiety and negative feelings. Even a view of nature through a window correlates with good health, job satisfaction and overall quality of life. Patients in intensive care units who just looked at images of trees and water reported lower levels of anxiety and a reduced need for pain medication.
Given Immersion Recovery Center’s proximity to beaches, hiking trails and other outdoor recreational activities, nature is a big part of our treatment plans. We routinely make trips to nearby green spaces to relax, exercise and just enjoy the outdoors.