Move a muscle, change a thought. That’s one of the first pieces of advice I heard early in my recovery. It’s great advice – exercise releases endorphins that can boost your mood and reduce stress as well as improve your physical health.
The holidays are full of emotional highs and lows, so a little self-care like walking and exercise is important. Not only will you feel better physically and mentally, but you'll also be less likely to feel the need to drink or use drugs to cope with stress or anxiety.
Consider going for a run or walk in the morning, taking a yoga class, or hitting the gym before attending a holiday event. If you can’t make it to a gym there are plenty of virtual classes, you can find in the comfort of your own home. And if you’re surrounded by children, you can enjoy ice skating outings or building snowmen! Any type of exercise is an opportunity to burn calories, stay active and stay sober!
Enjoy the holidays and Tip Ten is tomorrow!