There’s been a lot of discussion out there about ways to stay connected in this difficult time. We’ve decided to offer a weekly recovery tip to those of you trying to navigate this ambiguous time in your recovery. When we talk about recovery at Sabino, it’s not just recovery from drugs and alcohol; we’re also referring to recovery from any type of trauma and/or those maladaptive coping mechanisms that might have ensued.

The first recovery tip is very near and dear to me, and it’s helped me a lot throughout my life in many capacities: Exercise. Exercise produces endorphins, which is actually nature’s best painkiller. It also enhances sleep, which reduces stress. It’s one of the best ways to combat anxiety and depression that we know of, so weather permitting, go outside and go for a walk, do some lunges with your own body weight, or do some pushups. If weather is not permitting, YouTube offers thousands of free exercise videos right at your fingertips.

If you have never exercised before, I want you to consider committing yourself to at least 15 to 20 minutes a day practicing yoga. It’s a good place to start with some gentle stretching, and, as time goes on, just work your way up. If you sit at a desk and are still working, the best thing to do is get up at least every half hour and just move your body around your office. If you get creative, there are ways to keep yourself moving and keep yourself healthy, because a healthy body equals a healthy mind.