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relaxationRelaxation is an essential component of self-care that allows people to take it easy. Chaos is a massive part of drug and alcohol addiction. It will also follow a person right into their recovery without corrective measures in place. Since addicted people become accustomed to chaos, learning to relax can seem impossible. Addicts still may find themselves in the hustle and bustle of life without realizing they are still channeling the same chaos that defined their lives in active addiction.


Relaxing is difficult for some people. They blame their active brain and their overall busyness as a reason for not being able to slow down. They see others finding peace through relaxation techniques that don’t seem to work for them. They become discouraged to the point where they give up altogether. However, relaxing is like anything else. There must be effort put into practice before you see any results. 


Start small

Relaxation is daunting for some people because sitting still seems impossible to do. It’s important to remember that no one will relax the same, and no one will achieve the same outcome. For some people, relaxation comes from taking a walk, getting a massage, taking a bath, or drinking some herbal tea. Others like the calming experience of sitting outside in nature. Still others use meditation practices to achieve complete tranquility. The point is to try something that gives you comfort and keep doing it until you feel some harmony.


Be realistic

You are not going to reach a meditative state every time you try. At first, you may not be able to relax at all. Sitting still may not be your thing because you are like a hummingbird in mind, body, and spirit. Keep in mind, the more you keep pushing towards your calming goals, the more comfortable you will get. The saying goes that practice makes perfect, but you do not need to strive for perfection. You need only to strive for progress. 


Relaxation techniques are an art form that can really enhance your daily life. Application is essential, as well as devotion. The more you add relaxation methods into your life, the more connected you will feel in your recovery. If you want to relax, then take some measures to do so. 


At The Guest House Ocala, our recovery programs include many experiential modalities, including traditional therapy, conscious connected breathwork, equine therapy, somatic experiencing, art in healing, grief therapy, mindfulness, and other forms of therapy.

Call 855-483-7800 today for more information.