Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Recovery

You likely already know the importance of getting your flu shot, but there are a few other lifestyle tweaks you can make to decrease your risk of getting sick this cold and flu season. 

The good news: Now that your body is rid of toxins from substance abuse, it will be a lot easier to boost your immune system and fend off germs. 

Start with these tips.
  • Don’t get lazy about laundry.  This is especially important when it comes to sheets and towels, which should be sanitized in hot water more often during cold and flu season. 
  • Crack the windows: Did you know that indoor air is up to five times as polluted as outdoor air? Letting in a little fresh air can go a long way toward chasing away these germs. 
  • Strive for solid shut-eye. Lack of sleep leads to low immunity, so it's super important to get in those seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Remember: Try to keep your sleep schedule consistent, even on weekends. 
  • Make more effort to move. Regular exercise won’t kill germs but it may cut down on the number of sick days due to colds or sore throats, according to experts at American Council on Exercise. 
  • Say no to processed foods. Foods high in fats, salt and sugar can suppress your immune system, making it that much harder to fend off any germs this cold and flu season. Instead, load up on fall superfoods like kale, sweet potatoes, apples and pumpkin. 
  • Keep stress at bay. Whether mediation, yoga or deep breathing, making relaxation strategies part of your day to day can help manage stress, which has been study-proven to ravage the immune system.
Stay Well Year-Round
Learning to make healthy choices is a key element of the sober living program at Haus Recovery. During your stay, you will learn to maintain your abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy-Hour Alternatives for Connecting With Coworkers

For those in recovery, happy hour with work friends is more like horror hour – and a major threat to your hard-won sobriety. While you want to stay social, you also need to do what’s best for your recovery – so what’s your option? 

Why not get a little creative: You connect with your coworkers and shake off stress by participating in one (or more) of the following sober activities: 
  • Join an adult sports league. From soccer to softball to bowling, a social sports league is the perfect way to bond with colleagues, work on team-building skills and squeeze in a workout. 
  • Start a meditation group. Talk to your employer about using the conference room after-hours or search for a local yoga or meditation studio. Many studios offer “happy hour” classes as an alternative to heading to the bar. 
  • Get artistic. Gather a group of coworkers and head to your local art gallery or museum. Many venues are open late at least one evening during the week. Or, meet up and make your own art. A bit of creativity is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at work. 
  • Host a book club. We’ve talked before about the many health benefits of reading – stress management, improved sleep, enhanced concentration, for example – and forming a book club is a great way to help you read more. Just think: If you meet with coworkers once a month, that’s 12 books you can check off your list each year.
Employment Help at HAUS
inding and keeping a job, and making a contribution to society, is a pillar of recovery. After all, accountability and being self-supporting are vital steps to the reintegration process. Our staff will assist you with resume building and more. To learn about our sober living services, call today: 888-551-4715.