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In Recovery? You Should Prioritize Outdoor Activities

Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Bethany Hatton. Bethany, a retired librarian with 32 years of experience, created PreventAddiction.info after her oldest grandson became addicted to opioids. Though she discovered there is no guaranteed way to prevent addiction; she was able to find many helpful resources that can keep the public up to date on the latest prevention, addiction, and recovery information.

There’s no magic solution to make your recovery journey quicker or easier. Recovery is a long, difficult journey, and there are many things that help you along the path. And, unfortunately, many things that impede your progress. As a result, you must actively seek out progress boosters, and outdoor activities certainly qualify as a positive outlet.

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Weighted Blankets: Do They Really Work?

Weighted blankets calm anxiety, according to science. In its simplest form, a weighted blanket is just that. A blanket that is intentionally heavier than a standard blanket. Remember how it felt to crawl underneath one of your great-grandmother’s quilts and how the heaviness of it felt comforting? It’s kinda like that. A study published in 2015 found that a weighted blanket lengthened average sleep time. The study also found a decreased disruptive movement of people suffering from insomnia. Study subjects also reported that they “liked sleeping with the blanket. They found it easier to settle down to sleep and had an improved sleep.”

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Self-Care: It’s More than Face Masks and Bubble Baths

Self-care. It’s everywhere. Self-care is a popular blog topic and Pinterest pin. It has hashtags and YouTube videos dedicated to it. Many push it in the direction of pampering. A sheet mask here. A bath bomb here. For some of us, it’s a girls night. We stay in and eat ice cream and do a DIY face mask. For others of us, it’s reading our favorite book while swinging in a hammock. Perhaps with a glass of wine. And as much as I’m here for all of these things, self-care goes way beyond face masks and bubble baths. There is another side to self-care, one that’s not often discussed in this self-care conversation. It’s working on yourself.

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Midlife Crisis: Therapy Reveals Opportunity

Almost everyone has heard of the dreaded phrase “Midlife Crisis”. The average woman experiences one at the age of 44. The two most common female reasons for a midlife crisis are that their children are suddenly gone and that their lifestyle changes enable more opportunities. It could also be cause by menopause. In this “Midlife Crisis Series” we are going to explore the different ways that therapy can help during this new life chapter. Last week, we discussed the cost of a midlife crisis. And we compared the average impulse buys to the cost of therapy. This week, we want to go a bit more in-depth. And discuss the ways that therapy reveals opportunity in the midst of a midlife crisis.

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Midlife Crisis Series: Expenses of Therapy

The average woman experiences a midlife crisis at the age of 44. On average these crises last anywhere from 2-5 years. The two most common female reasons for a midlife crisis are that their children are suddenly gone and that their lifestyle changes enable more opportunities. It could also be cause by menopause. Not to mention other biological and psychological changes. Women this age may also been asking themselves if they have been living to their full potential. In this “Midlife Crisis Series” we are going to explore the different ways that therapy can help during this new life chapter.

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Helpful Books: Life After Therapy

Helpful Books. This month, we’ve been covering the topic of “Life After Therapy.” What can you do to ensure you use effective coping skills? How do you stay positive when life suddenly throws a new obstacle at you? Will you revert back to negative coping habits? Or will you remember your tool kit in your time of need? We know, this is a lot to wonder. And for some of you, may strike up a bit of anxiety. Whether you are recently (or not so recently) out of therapy or you know the end of your sessions is approaching, start thinking about the positive ways you can cope.

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Life After Therapy: Mindfulness Meditation

What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present. It allows us to be in full awareness of where we are. Not to mention what we’re doing. And mindfulness helps us to not be overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. And yet, while mindfulness is something all of us can do, it’s really hard to cultivate. This skill only can occur when you practice it on a daily basis.

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Healing Expressionism: Art Therapy

Healing Expressionism and art therapy. This month we’re covering the topic of “Life After Therapy.” What can you do to ensure you use effective coping skills? How do you stay positive when life suddenly throws a new obstacle at you? Will you revert back to negative coping or will you remember your tool kit in your time of need? We know, this is a lot to wonder. And for some of you, may strike up a bit of anxiety. Whether you are recently (or not so recently) out of therapy or you know the end of your sessions is approaching, start thinking about the positive ways you can cope.

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Life After Therapy: PLEASE Skills and Coping Through Journaling

Coping through journaling. This month we’re covering the topic of “Life After Therapy.” What can you do to ensure you use effective coping skills? How do you stay positive when life suddenly throws a new obstacle at you? Will you revert back to negative coping or will you remember your tool kit in your time of need? We know, this is a lot to wonder. And for some of you, may even start to poke at your anxiety. But that’s why we’re continually here to support you. Whether you are recently (or not so recently) out of therapy or you know the end of your sessions is approaching, these tips can help you reinforce the great progress you’ve been making!

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Coming Out of Therapy: Letting Go of Judgment

Letting go of judgment. Have you recently stopped therapy? Perhaps you’ve just finished a program. Or maybe you’ve been coping well and don’t feel the need to continue. The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is how you approach life, now that you’ve completed therapy. In this “Coming Out of Therapy” series, we want to give you advice on how to live the best possible life with the skills you’ve learned. Let’s take the coping skills and self-awareness and apply them so you begin to thrive. Today, we are going to talk about the most crucial tool you have: Letting go of judgment.

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