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You Matter : The 4 Pillars of Recovery

After the detoxification procedure and after finishing therapy, the recovery road begins. This involves making any required changes to your lifestyle to stop relapses. Four (4) pillars make up the recovery framework: health, home, purpose, and community.

Your Home is a safe place to live. Wherever you live it is important to live in a safe environment that can help you relax and feel comfortable. I learned a lot from the Go Focus team that having an organized set up for your work station and even all your space in your home, can help you relax and detoxify your body and mind. Your Health is an important part of your overall wellness. Making healthy choices like eating healthy foods and exercising is a good start. Try to visit your doctor, dentist or physical therapist to monitor your health regularly. Sleeping at the right time and taking naps are important too, it will help regain your energy.

Your Purpose is what keeps you going. Find meaning in your daily activities that can be through work, taking care of other people or creative activities. Volunteering is an important way of giving back. Taking care of the family by supporting them financially, physically and emotionally is very meaningful for many of us. We also find meaning in our creativity. Personally I enjoy listening to music while drawing or painting. It can help me calm down and enjoy the moment.

Your Community is important in your mental health as they give joy and support in your life. Building a relationship with others can give you the sense of belongingness by spending time with them. Joining them can be healing, meaningful and just plain fun. It is also an opportunity to meet new people and learn new things, you might even feel comfortable sharing something from your experience.

As we grow older these things are important for our well being to stay healthy, happy and active as we face our day to day challenges in life. Getting help from others and helping others can have a big impact on your recovery. No matter where you are in your path, combining health, home, purpose, and community offers a strong foundation for recovery.

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