There are four main factors that can affect our energy levels: Nutrition, Sleep, Exercise, and Stress. When I mention I’m feeling tired to family or friends, these questions are often asked: Are you eating well? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you doing any exercise? Are you drinking too much caffeine and not enough water? Are you dealing with stressful situations?
In recovery, it is quite common to experience a lack of energy. Consider what your body has been through over the past months/years. Chemical dependency has assaulted your body and mind with toxic substances. Your body was put into overdrive as it tried to protect itself. In recovery, your body has begun to repair itself, which takes massive amounts of energy and resources. But the main point to remember here is that fatigue is simply a symptom rather than an illness. The following tips will help you combat that feeling of tiredness in recovery and get your energy back:
Recovery is also an emotionally trying time. Now that you’re in recovery, you’re tasked with facing life head-on, without the aid of drugs and alcohol to numb the realities you encounter. This may cause a host of emotions and even stress. Emotional stress takes a huge toll on your energy levels.
Silkworth Charity Group has proven to be a much-needed establishment that helps people come to terms with their addiction and puts them on the road to recovery. We provide a tailor-made program in primary treatment that incorporates the above factors, as well as additional support in the secondary treatment and the recovery day service. For example; our in-house chef, not only provides delicious food with the necessary nutrition, but he also involves the clients and shares his experience with them so they are able to take their new knowledge away with them, providing sustainable eating habits for the clients to continue after treatment.
We now offer Hatha Yoga at the Recovery Day service for people in recovery. The classes are run by Sara who explains “The postures are designed to open the many channels of the body, especially the main channel (the spine) so energy can flow freely.”
Our support worker James, also runs an art group at the Recovery Day service which allows people in recovery to express difficult thoughts, memories and feelings without being contradicted by words. It creates the opportunity to express inner thoughts while helping to better understand and make sense of emotions and relieving stress.
Clients in primary treatment are taken to the gym twice a week and outings to some of Jersey’s beauty spots. Exercise and a change of scenery can really lift people’s moods and re-energise them.
What you must remember is that recovery takes time. Once you begin to do the work, your fatigue will slowly begin to fade. Day by day, you will feel much better. Everyone experiences different symptoms during recovery, but a lack of energy is common and only temporary, your body is amazing and will overcome it.
By Catherine Laine on behalf of Silkworth Charity GroupBack to resources