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Why Physical Courage is Important in Recovery

Physical courage is to keep working towards physical goals with resiliency, balance and awareness. Now, what could those physical goals mean? Well, it could be that you go to a primary care doctor and he or she assesses you, diagnoses you with certain data and measurements about the internal working of your body, about your cholesterol, about your blood sugar, about your internal organs, about your weight, and he or she says that you need to make some changes with your physical body if you want to be able to to thrive in life, if you want to be able to feel healthy in life, if you want to be able to be the best version of yourself. Not just for yourself but for others, for those around you who love you. And it is important to know that it takes courage to address those physical challenges and here’s why. Because if it was easy everybody would do it. There are so many human beings that have fear about addressing their physical health because they’re too comfortable with a certain life. They lack the knowledge, experience, they lack the discipline, they lack the accountability, whatever it is and if you want to make physical changes in your life you have to exhibit courage, take action despite the fear or what your head tells you you can’t do or what you’re not.

Physical Courage to Deal with Addictions and Mental Health

When it comes to dealing with addictions, mental health, trauma, grief and loss, it’s safe to say that our mind, our immune system, our physical body has been under stress and duress for God knows how long. And if you’ve been imbalanced, if you’ve been under extreme amounts of stress, if you don’t address your physical health, what do you think is going to happen? Your immune system will be compromised, you will be more susceptible to diseases, it’s susceptible to illness. 

 

So when it comes to addressing your physical health you must approach it with resiliency, to get up despite what life throws your way. To try again to move forward you must have balance. If it took you years to get to a certain stage it’s not going to take you days or months to get out of it. So what people do is, they try to go all in, zero to a hundred. I’m gonna change my life. Two weeks goes by, they don’t have the psychological and physical and emotional muscles to be able to handle that workload and they do the exact opposite. They go from 100 back down to zero. And the very last part of it is with awareness.

How the Body Gives us Signals

So the body is constantly giving you signs and signals. For example, earlier this morning I was doing this talk with our program participants and a lot of people in early recovery have a significant problem with caffeine. I consume caffeine – I don’t know if it’s a problem depending on who you ask but you can see I’m a little jazzed up right now but it’s because of caffeine, I know it. And later in the afternoon when I have a little bit of a crash but I know I have to go do some talks or some sessions or some exercise maybe I’ll redose my caffeine, but for the most part people that are chronically tired, chronically consume caffeine. 

 

When you look at a baby that’s tired, a little infant that’s tired, what does the family do? What does the mom do? What is the environment supposed to do? You’re supposed to nurture and rock that baby to potentially be able to relax and fall asleep and that rest gives the baby the energy needed. I mean, I don’t know about you but not many people put a bottle of Red Bull inside of a baby’s mouth, or put some caffeine in a baby’s mouth when it’s crying, and say, “hey, calm down now or you’re not going to be able to do the next thing,” but adults do it. So that physical stuff is really important.

Here’s a Tip!

People that have a hard time falling asleep at night, the first thing I always tell them is exhaust yourself in the daytime if that means you go put your headphones on and go do some, just walk walk until your legs get tired, do some push-ups, do some sit-ups, do some activity, do some exercise, do some things that are fun for you, get on a bicycle, ride it, go play Pickleball like I do, whatever it is, exhaust yourself and take a nap and fall asleep and pass out at night. We all identify with dogs and puppies. In American culture I mean, when a dog is super energetic nobody says, “well, I can’t go to sleep at night because my dog won’t.” You know what they tell you? To take your dog to the dog park and wear it out, take your dog somewhere out and just have it go run wild and then all of a sudden, the dog’s so freaking tired by the time it gets home the energy is gone, ploop falls asleep.

How to Get Courage when Fear Comes up

For example, your goal is to go to the gym. So you know you just gotta have some courage because when the fear comes up, “I gotta go to the gym, I haven’t been there, I haven’t done this, I haven’t done that, I’m having some health problems,” you have to overcome that fear by taking deliberate intentional actions and that’s courage, that’s courageous. And all of a sudden your courage becomes contagious. Courage is a contagious characteristic – the more courageous we are, the more it can catch like wildfire around us, and then we can make some transformation.

Call Buckeye Recovery Today!

Are you in recovery but not making progress? Recovery is not only possible but attainable, and it all begins with reaching out for assistance. By addressing both addiction and mental health issues, individuals can break free from the cycle of despair and embark on a path to a healthier, more fulfilling life. Contact Buckeye Recovery Network today and initiate your journey to recovery and improved mental health. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support you every step of the way.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.