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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Stop Procrastinating

We all procrastinate from time to time — whether you put off cleaning your room or wait until the last minute to pay your cell bill. But fighting the temptation to procrastinate can help you start living a more productive lifestyle. And it’s not about being perfect, but feeling empowered and in control of your new sober lifestyle.

Try one of these practical strategies to stop procrastinating and to get things done today.
  • Put it to paper. Take that mental list of all of things that need to get done and plot it out on paper. This will not only help to clear your mind and ease anxiety but it will help keep you on schedule. 
  • Take advantage of mornings. Do you typically put off daunting tasks until later in the day? While this can be tempting, you may consider another approach. Try arranging your to-do list according to difficulty level – and then tackle any tough tasks in the a.m. when you most likely have the most mental and physical energy. 
  • Think baby steps. It’s natural to procrastinate when you’re feeling overwhelmed. The solution: Think of one small step you can take today to get started. This will help give you the momentum to reach your goal.  
  • Loop in your loved ones. Telling friends and family about your short-and long-term goals can help you stay on task. This is because you’ll have someone there to hold you accountable – and you’ll be more likely to follow through (and on time).
Life Skills at Red Oak
From day one, our treatment model prepares young adults with the skills needed to succeed in sobriety and in life after rehab, including the ability to set and meet goals. To learn more about how you can start on your journey toward sobriety, call us today: 866-831-9107. 



Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Role of Yoga in Healing Trauma

Reluctant to step on that yoga mat? You may want to read on. A recent Georgetown Law report showed that yoga programs designed specifically for victims of trauma – as many as 80 percent of women seeking treatment for drug abuse report lifetime histories of sexual and/or physical assault – can have far-ranging benefits. 

Regulated breathing, for example, calms the parasympathetic nervous system. Practicing staying in the moment counteracts some of the dissociative effects of trauma. And the physical activity of yoga, of course, can directly improve health,” reported NPR. 

Yoga for victims of trauma includes modifications – for example, instructors always ask permission before adjusting a pose – which are particularly helpful for suffers of sexual abuse. "Being asked to be touched, it gave us a little power back in a place where all our power is taken," study participant Missy Hart told NPR

Yoga also helped by offering her choices: "You can sit and reflect and think about what you want to think about. It helped us feel normal," she said.

According to the report, other benefits of yoga for people with trauma included:
  • Better self-regulation
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction in gastric symptoms
Yoga for Addiction Recovery
Whether or not you have a history of trauma, this ancient practice can be a smart tool in your addiction recovery. It will help you align the mind, body, and spirit so you can find inner piece and comfort. Some more recovery perks:

You'll...
  • Reduce stress and anxiety 
  • Redirect harmful and negative thoughts
  • Identify cravings
  • Clear mental fog 
  • Experience a sense of community
Trauma Informed Treatment Modalities 
The Willows at Red Oak Recovery is a clinically dynamic, trauma informed treatment center. In helping women to recover from the impact of trauma in their lives, we utilize an integrated approach based on theory, research, and clinical experience. To learn more, call: 866-831-9107.



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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Instagram Ranked Worst for Mental Health

If you or someone you love is hooked on Instagram, you might want to listen up. The Facebook-owned photo social network, used by more than 700 million people, was just ranked as “the most detrimental” to the mental health of young adults. YouTube was ranked the best followed by Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.  

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) surveyed nearly 1,500 young adults, ages 14 to 24, about the impact of major social media platforms on their mental health. In particular, participants were asked about the following areas: 
  • Awareness and understanding of other people's health experiences
  • Access to expert health information you know you can trust
  • Emotional support 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Loneliness 
  • Sleep 
  • Self-expression 
  • Self-identity 
  • Body image 
  • Real world relationships 
  • Community building 
  • Bullying 
  • FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
Many participants blamed Instagram's signature photo-filtering feature for making them feel bad about their own lives and bodies and, as a result, negatively influencing their body image and sleep. A pervasive sense of FOMO was also noted.

The study also found that social media was often described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol and that cycling through Instagram for more than two hours per day led to more mental health issues, including increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep. 

“Platforms that are supposed to help young people connect with each other may actually be fueling a mental health crisis,” noted the report.

As a result, the RSPH is recommending pop-up “heavy usage” warnings. "As the evidence grows that there may be potential harms from heavy use of social media, and as we upgrade the status of mental health within society, it is important that we have checks and balances in place to make social media less of a 'wild West' when it comes to young people's mental health and well-being," RSPH CEO Shirley Cramer told BBC.

Researchers also noted the positive sides of social media, especially when it comes to receiving support during tough times. "Everyday people from all over the world use Instagram to share their own mental health journey and get support from the community. For those struggling with mental health issues, we want them to be able to access support on Instagram when and where they need it,” said Instagram's head of policy Michelle Napchan in an interview with BBC. 

Help for a Dual Diagnosis
Geared toward young adults, our addiction facility utilizes the latest clinical practices and state-of-the-art techniques to treat alcohol and substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. At Red Oak Recovery, we believe in addressing issues in a simultaneous, holistic and integrated fashion. To learn more, call 866-831-9107.