“So, what is wellness, really?” That’s a question we’re often asked at our drug and alcohol treatment center in Westlake Village. The U.C. Davis quote we have on our site explains: “wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.” To put it simply, you can experience wellness if you’re working towards living healthier, taking the journey towards a fulfilling life. To that end, we utilize the seven domains of wellness at PCI Centers, helping our residents to live the life that they want.
Taking Care of Yourself: Play
So many of us are conditioned to work as hard as possible. Getting up early, going to work all day, coming home, doing more work, and then going to bed just to do it all tomorrow — for many, that’s their daily schedule. No matter what responsibilities a person might have, “play” is important, too. Studies have shown that as human beings, we have to play, fundamentally. It’s relaxing, it’s great for meeting new people and utilizing social skills, it can help with anxiety, and so much more. When you’re struggling with addiction, it can be extremely difficult to find that space to play in, which is one more way that we can help our residents.
Exercise and Activity
Do you have a job where you’re sitting all day? That’s not to say that your job isn’t stressful or difficult, but for many of us, we don’t have jobs that are filled with physical activity. Exercise and positive physical activity can help our health and bodies in remarkable ways. When people fall into addiction, regular exercise routines and physical activity can be some of the first things to fall by the wayside. The life of an addict is stressful, and it can be incredibly hard to regulate your moods and emotions. Physical activity can help greatly with your body. At PCI Centers, we can expose you to new exercises and positive kinds of physical activity, so you can find what works for you. Then, you can take all of that with you once you leave.
Rest, Sleep, and More
“Rest” and “sleep” are similar, but they aren’t synonyms. Rest is something where you aren’t asleep, but you are relaxing. Going for a walk, watching a favorite movie, talking to a friend on the phone — these can be examples of rest, where you let your brain take a break. Sleep, on the other hand, is a “good night’s rest,” where you get all of the sleep that your body needs. Obviously, if you’re dealing with addiction and similar problems, in all likelihood, you aren’t on a good sleep schedule, nor do you find it easy to relax and rest. We can help you to develop healthy, positive ways to do both. To take the next steps towards wellness, message us through our site or call (747) 222-7464.