Feeling low in energy during the early stages of recovery is common as the body fights to equalize the disruption caused by drug and alcohol addiction. From the first day of sobriety to the hallmark of the first year of sobriety, there can be ups and downs in energy as a result of detox, withdrawal, and PAWS, post acute withdrawal syndrome. At Tree House Recovery in Portland, men engage in daily physical training inspired by mixed martial arts, Tough Mudder obstacle course races, and adventurous fitness. Leveling up to rigorous demands of physical output requires a healthy amount of healthy energy. Through our diet and nutritional program, men quickly learn that their body is a machine. What goes into the body affects what comes out of the body in terms of energy and performance. Low-energy foods and diet plans create low-energy workouts which provides low-quality results. High-energy foods and a high-energy diet plan, along with an energy producing lifestyle, results in higher-energy workouts with high-quality results.
Energy Is A Lifestyle Change
Sitting around and doing nothing typically inspires more sitting around and doing nothing. Countless pieces of research has found that getting up, getting active, and regularly exercising causes better sleep, more energy, and greater endurance for continuing to be active. Everything which makes up a day from waking up to going to sleep can contribute to energy levels. Here are some quick recommendations for naturally boosting your energy so you can get more out of life and more out of your recovery.
- Wake up with the sunrise. Your circadian rhythm is at its best when it is synced with the natural rise and fall of the sun. Instead of blackout curtains and an endless pounding of the alarm, leave curtains open or opt for a gradually brightening alarm clock.
- Don’t hit snooze. Though it feels tempting to sleep a little longer, research has found that hitting snooze multiple times leaves you feeling more exhausted.
- Eat a well rounded breakfast. Breakfast is the meal of champions and can kick start your metabolism. Get in omega fatty acids, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and some fruit for sugars.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day. A lack of hydration can cause a severe lack of energy. Stay hydrated all day long to avoid energy crashes.
- Eat regularly. Spiking and crashing blood sugar by not eating and then binge eating can cause an overall decline in energy.
- Get some exercise. Just twenty to thirty minutes of exercise is recommended to give you more energy and help you sleep better.
- Consume vitamins and minerals. Eating a whole food based diet full of the vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and adaptogens you need for producing healthy energy is essential.
- Lay off technology in the evenings. The blue light behind the screens of your favorite technological devices stimulates your brain and exhausts your energy. When the sun goes down, turn down the brightness on your screen or power down your device entirely.
- Get a full night’s rest. Having more energy during the day means being able to sleep more soundly at night. Professionals recommend anywhere from 6-10 hours of sleep a night.
At Tree House Recovery in Portland, Oregon, men learn how to build and treat their bodies to operate like the machines that they are. Our men’s treatment program starts a journey to freedom by combining proven therapies with a high intensity focus on physical fitness, personal development, and adventure in the great outdoors. Call us today for information: (503) 850-2474