Jackie
Now working as a researcher and writer, Jackie had a former career in property management. The stressful nature of the work meant that she ended up having to leave the industry after her battling problems with anxiety and panic. In her spare time she volunteers for a number of local charities that support people with mental health issues. She's a mum to two young girls and is hoping to teach them about supporting others who also have health challenges

Live Your Best Life by Exercising Outside – By Jackie

Plenty of things have been said about the road to recovery. It takes time,  patience and healing etc. etc. In truth, it can be like climbing Everest backwards and then starting from the bottom again. It’s hard, and like all things in life, it’s a journey. There are ways to make this road a little bit easier of course. Consider for example, the great but oft overlooked outdoors, or mother nature. Numerous studies have shown that nature has a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. The connection between the outdoors and mental health reveal overall reduction of stress, anxiety as well as physical benefits such as lower blood pressure and boosting energy. By going outside and exercising, a healthy new start is on the horizon. The Connection Between the Outdoors and Mental Health Getting out into the great outdoors and into nature has been proven to be an important link for mental wellbeing.… Continue reading

Enjoying a Beauty Boost during Addiction Recovery

If you are in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, then one area that could fast become a priority, is rebuilding healthy, glowing skin. Alcohol and drugs can dehydrate skin and interfere with the natural process of collagen formation. They can cause skin to become dull, lose its firmness, and develop wrinkles and lines. Your scalp and hair can be affected to; if you haven’t been following a healthy diet, you may find your hair is dry and brittle, or that it is thinning. There are many ways to turn back the hands of time and give yourself a pampering treat. What sounds more up your street? A relaxing facial at your favorite spa or a new cute and style at the salon?  Starting with the Right Skincare Visit a dermatologist if you have a skin condition such as rosacea, or even excessive dryness. They may recommend specific treatments and they will point… Continue reading

Addiction Recovery Boosted by Quality Sleep – By Jackie

Addiction Recovery Boosted by Quality Sleep Adequate sleep is of great importance to our overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, nearly a third of Americans are affected by sleep-related problems according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are numerous lifestyle changes such as those involving diet and exercise that need to be made in order to facilitate recovery effectively, one of the most important is often overlooked: sleep. By simply getting more quality sleep, you can give your recovery a tremendous boost, helping you kick your addiction to the curb for good. The connection between sleep and substance abuse Sleep and substance abuse often have a very complicated relationship. Individuals living with addiction have a five times higher chance to also experience ensuing sleeping disorders according to research conducted at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Many addicts turn to sleep aids to help… Continue reading

Benefits of Learning Traditional Crafts as a Recovery Aid – By Jackie

When you can’t find the words to express how you’re feeling, expressing yourself through a craft has been shown to be highly effective. Over 66% of patients in one study even reported that using art as therapy was associated with significant positive changes in mental health symptoms. While addiction treatment takes shape in many different forms, there are certain techniques that can be used to compound the beneficial effects of any type of treatment, and one of these is participating in arts and crafts. Learning a traditional craft or simply engaging in an artistic activity that allows a person to express themselves is a great way for people in recovery to explore their emotions in a healthy way while also learning something new. What Exactly is Art Therapy?   Differing from traditional therapy such as individual, group, or relapse prevention, art therapy is a bit of a mix of skills-focused therapy that relies on using nonverbal… Continue reading

Homemade Anti-Inflammatory Juices To Boost Your Recovery – By Jackie

Over 8.1 million adults in the U.S. are coping with a substance use disorder. Drug addiction is known to change the way our brain functions and significantly impacts how our body perceives daily pleasures. One of the most common effects of excessive use of drugs like alcohol is the increased levels of inflammatory lipids in the brain. For those recovering from addiction or trying to stay sober, dealing with effects like brain inflammation can be challenging, especially when you consider the cost associated with full recovery and the time it takes to get back to full sobriety. The good news is, there are homemade anti-inflammatory juices that can help you boost your addiction recovery process. Eating the right foods and drinking the right fluids can help you reverse brain damage from drug and alcohol abuse. Here are some anti-inflammatory juices you can try out at home. Turmeric root juice Turmeric is high… Continue reading