Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tips for a Successful First Semester

As you approach a new school year, keep in mind the following tips to start off the semester and safeguard your sobriety:
  • Create a plan to handle stress. Back to school can bring with it added academic pressure and stress, which could easily spell relapse if you don’t have a plan in place. Start by identifying some key coping strategies that have worked for you in the past, whether deep breathing, meditation, yoga or a walk outside. Along these lines, you’ll likely need to utilize some of the time management strategies you learned during early recovery.
  • Make a productive workspace. Take time to arrange your desk or work area so you can stay organized and focused. And don’t forget to add something beautiful, calming or inspiring – like flowers, plants or a scented candle.  
  • Prioritize self-care. Be careful not to let college interfere with your self-care, which is critical to long-term sobriety. Beyond the basics – sleeping well, eating right, exercising – be sure to nurture your emotional and spiritual health, too. This could be as simple as making time each week to do something you love. Bonus: Studies show that people who practice self-care are more productive at school and in addiction treatment. 
  • Celebrate your successes. You should be proud of yourself for getting sober and going back to school – this is a big deal and you deserve to pat yourself on the back! 
Colleges Near Santa Monica 
If you’re interested in going back to school, there are numerous community and junior colleges within 25 miles of Santa Monica, including: 
  • Santa Monica College
  • West Los Angeles College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • El Camino Community College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College 
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Glendale Community College
  • East Lost Angeles College
  • El Camino College Compton Center
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Pasadena City College 
  • Cerritos College
  • Long Beach City College
Make the Most of Our Mentors
Don't be afraid to ask for help or to talk to fellow residents about any stumbling blocks as you head back to school. A built-in support system is one of the many advantages of the mentoring program at HAUS. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

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