Summer Fun, Mindfulness and Self Care
Cultivating a Relaxed State of Mind at Home
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure; nor this thing nor that – but simply Growth.
We are happy when we are growing.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Irish Poet.
Stay at Home Essential Tools: Mindfulness and Self Care
With Stay Home orders extending into the summer – traveling to a favorite island vacation spot is not a good option in summer 2020.
Can individuals have fun, stay well and remain sober during this Summer of COVID-19?
It is possible to remain sober, balanced and happy – but it may require different tools than many of us are accustomed to using.
Summer 2020 Self Care is Essential
You have to believe in yourself.
Sun Tzu, General, Military Strategist, Philosopher
Surviving and Thriving in the Summer of COVID-19
The uncertainty and stress of the current COVID-19 event is creating psychological trauma on a massive scale. Trauma is the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds the individual’s ability to cope.
Personal Growth in Addiction Recovery
Personal Growth Leading to Lasting Well-Being
Viktor Frankl was heavily influenced by his personal experiences of suffering and loss in Nazi concentration camps during WWII.
In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl explains that humans are motivated by something called a “will to meaning”. This equates to a desire to find meaning in life. He argued that life can have meaning even in the most miserable of circumstances. And, that the motivation for living comes from finding that meaning.
Frankl’s theory – known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”) – holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained.
It is the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
Importance of Discovering Personal Meaning
There is nothing like a pandemic for removing our everyday illusions about what is truly meaningful. For most, the Stay Home orders have in many ways brought everyday life to a grinding halt.
And now, many are asking some variation of: “Is that all there is?”
• Is working until exhaustion, then drinking and/or drugging to cope
(high functioning addict) – really a good long-term life plan?
• Is there anything else to life other than accumulating money?
• And if there is not enough money – is it possible to still be happy?
• What is really important?
These are the types of questions that often occur during addiction recovery. During the current pandemic – the Search for Personal Meaning has an urgency for those in recovery.
Finding Personal Meaning is important for anyone trying to cope with COVID-19 uncertainty.
The Mind Body Spirit Connection
Victor Frankl believed that human beings are an entity consisting of Body, Mind and Spirit.
The experience of Spirit goes beyond any specific religion. Frankl argued that while we have a body and mind – the Spirit is what we are; it is our essence.
To gain stability in recovery (and for personal growth) it is critical to gain experience of our unique and individual spirit.
Personal Growth and Discovery Begins with Mindfulness
View or Download the pdf, New Start Recovery Solutions – Mindfulness Meditation Benefits
Mindfulness Meditation Benefits
▪ Increases Blood Flow
▪ Provides Calm and Inner Peace
▪ Reduces Stress, Depression & Anxiety
▪ Increases Energy
▪ Helps Identify Habitual Behaviors
▪ Develops Compassion: Self & Others
▪ Helps Reduce Habitual Reactions
▪ Experience of Personal Spirituality
Mindfulness provides skills and practices to loosen our identification with thoughts. This helps individuals to recognize that the content of a thought (and the resulting habitual emotions and triggers) are not absolute “truth.” By creating a space between emotional triggers and habitual reactions – individuals can create a permanent cognitive re-structuring away from self destructive and habitual addictive behaviors.
Calmness, inner peace; and increasing compassion for self and others.
Many who practice mindfulness meditation experience a gradual and natural increase in gratitude. Another benefit of mindfulness meditation is personal growth and a deepening experience of personal spirituality.
Wellness, Self Care, Anxiety Relief and Relapse Prevention
View or Download the pdf, Creating a Relapse Prevention and Wellness Plan
COVID-19 Self Care and Anxiety Relief
Whether in addiction recovery or not – these tools will help manage anxiety.
▪ Stop ‘doom scrolling’
▪ Structure Your Day
▪ Morning Journal
▪ Listen to Healing Music
▪ Stay Emotionally Connected
▪ Nutrition – Eat Healthy Meals
▪ Develop Sleep Hygiene
▪ MOVE – Yoga, Tai Chi, Walking
Dual Diagnosis Integrated Treatment for PTSD and Addiction
We integrate Mindfulness into our dual diagnosis addiction rehab treatment. We have found that while mindfulness is easy to learn with a knowledgeable instructor – it is not an automatic behavior. However once learned, mindfulness provides a lifetime of stress relief and more.
Our evidence-based treatment includes a combination of:
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Prolonged exposure
• Mindfulness and Meditation
• Holistic Therapies and Wellness
• Educational programs
• Family Programs
We are committed to helping those in need.
We will continue to serve our community safely. Please be assured that we are here to assist as we navigate through this challenging time!
The health and safety of our community has been, and remains, our greatest focus.
Please don’t hesitate to contact New Start Recovery Solutions Admissions department if we can be of any assistance.
New Start Recovery Solutions Current Services:
• General Outpatient Services (GOP)
• Men & Women ages 18+ for all services
• 24-hour on-site monitoring
• Residential in-patient treatment
• Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Substance Use Disorder
•Dual Diagnosis Treatment (Our Specialty)
•Partial Hospitalization (PHP) focusing on mental health therapy
•Veteran/Military PTSD Dual Diagnosis Rehab
•TriWest In-network (Proud to be Serving our Military!)
We thank all the essential workers that continue to assist in these times!
We recognize the importance of continuing to serve our clients.
We are a Military Addiction Recovery Center
In-network with TriWest
We Accept Most Insurance
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2449 Pacheco Street
Concord CA 94520
40 Coyote Moon Trail
Bangor, CA 95914