To all those reading, hello!
I was inspired to write by the info sent to me through work and as someone who is proud to be within the recovery community in Merseyside. I hope we can all inspire each other as I believe sharing our experiences can help support others in all stages of recovery.
I just want to bang my drum about how adding physical activity helped me to achieve the balance I so needed in maintaining a sober lifestyle. I spotted a running group poster that boasted how social it was so I first went in order to meet new people rather than to run, which I wasn’t so confident about but was willing to try.
What I found was that I relished the fact that running was hard and I had to work at it. I feel that it mirrored the work I was doing with my personal journey however it gave me the chance to process thoughts and feelings. The massive bonus is the natural high of something achieved at the end too! With time I made close friends and began to run steeper and longer. I am now a trained run leader with my group and run half-marathons because I love it.
As part of a holistic plan, exercise may not seem too attractive at first but if you choose the right level for you adding this to your life should be an amazing boost. The old baddies self-esteem, confidence and self-worth are all tackled here.
As someone who had to drink from a young age in order to feel I could talk to people, let alone leave the house at times, this isn’t something I would say lightly. I know it to be true.
I came through recovery with help from ARCH, who I now work for as a trainee recovery worker. I am attempting to bring up my children using the values I hold dear. I use my exercise to keep my mental health in check and to keep my scales from tipping.
Hope this is not too waffly or anything, I felt that I would like to contribute as I am looking forward to reading what you have to share.
Keep the inspiration flowing!