Guest Post: Why a Getaway Can Be a Chance to Heal

Words: Henry Moore

When life is wearing you down, don’t insist on buckling down and pushing through. Sometimes, it’s a chance to get away that you need, even when there’s a lot on your plate. And while that advice holds true for everyone, it’s especially so for people on a journey to sobriety. Addiction recovery is a challenge like no other, and self-care is central to successful recovery.

It’s not hard to understand why prioritizing your emotional and mental needs is so important during recovery, but why vacation? Taking a break from your usual routine (and usual stressors) gets you into a different headspace where it’s easier to take stock of your life and your goals. While it’s certainly possible to achieve a break from the status quo on a staycation, getting away makes it a whole lot easier.

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When you exchange your home city for a vacation destination, you immerse yourself in a world where your health and happiness is the number one priority — not something you tend to after the workday is over. During addiction recovery, that means plenty of time to introspect and connect with your reasons for staying sober. You can reignite a lost passion or do something that scares you as a way to boost your self-esteem. Alternatively, you can plan a vacation focused around spiritual experiences to find inner strength and a sense of purpose. No matter your goal for vacation, there’s an experience out there for you. Here are some other ideas:

  • Head to a recovery-centered retreat for a getaway focused on self-healing. You’ll have an opportunity to disconnect from the world and all its baggage and instead reconnect with your true self — all while surrounded by a supportive community that’s navigating the path to sobriety alongside you. According to an article in Alcoholism Research Quarterly, spirituality is an important component of maintaining sobriety long-term.
  • Escape to the wilderness for a vacation that’s as mentally stimulating as it is physically engaging. Outdoor adventures push your limits, so you can prove to yourself just how much you’re capable of. If you have a pet that’s helped you get through dark times, an outdoor vacation is the perfect way to show him how much he means to you (and you’ll have a great trail companion too!).
  • If fitness has played a big role in your recovery, plan a trip to a race or event where you can show off your hard-won gains. Training and competing in a big event reminds you of just how strong, resilient, and driven you are, both in sports and life.
  • Travel with a sober travel group to discover new destinations and connect with a supportive community you can lean on long after you’re home. According to SAMHSA, encouragement from peers is essential to lasting substance abuse recovery. When you have a network of sober friends, you have people to turn to in times of need and a newfound sense of belonging after leaving a toxic community behind.

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These four options are only the tip of the iceberg; there are countless vacations that can be tailored to the needs of someone recovering from addiction. The important thing is keeping your recovery at the center of your trip. Avoid triggering destinations and activities, surround yourself with people supportive of your recovery, and seek out activities that are both fun and personally meaningful. You might feel like you’ve earned a vacation from the recovery process after so much hard work, but letting your mind falter only puts your progress at risk. When you make your sobriety a priority for your vacation, you’ll come out the other side stronger and more dedicated than ever.

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Guest Post: Why a Getaway Can Be a Chance to Heal

Self-Care – DIY refreshing face masks

All hail BuzzFeed for this nifty post, teaching us how to make four refreshing face masks. With options including a hydrating Honey Oat Face Mask, an exfoliating Cocoa-Nut Coffee Mask, a Soothing Brown Sugar Pumpkin Mask, and a rejuvenating Matcha Yogurt Face Mask, your self-care Sunday is sorted!

Watch the video below to find out how you can make these masks at home!

Enjoy!

Love & Light,

X Cat

Self-Care – DIY refreshing face masks

Meditation for kids with Smiling Mind!

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Smiling Mind was live on The Today Show yesterday morning with 11-year-old Willow talking about bringing her latest idea to life: movie characters and meditation.

Since beginning to meditate consistently on a daily basis two months ago, I have found the Smiling Mind app to be a very valuable tool. Their guided meditations offer an array of helpful calming sessions, including sleep meditations, body scans, short 5 minute sessions and longer 30 minute sessions.

Now, they’re helping children meditate too, often speaking to many school students about the importance of mindfulness. Yesterday, young Willow’s idea came to life – coinciding with the release of the Trolls DVD.

Listen to Smiling Mind’s latest meditation collaboration with DreamWorks Animation & 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment below:

Meditation for kids with Smiling Mind!

Following my two passions & life’s purpose 

Hey everyone!

So I know that I promised you I would be posting more frequently, but something amazing happened which has been consuming my time over the last couple of weeks.

Getting sick and tired of not finding any full time work – ready to write my memoir, ‘struggles of a 20 something journalism graduate,’ I decided to finally take a different route. CRYSTALS. Well, crystal healing to be precise.

I enrolled into an online crystal healing course at the Natural Energies College with the intention to work part time in a writing role or to freelance. To my surprise, it was like the universe was yelling ‘YAAAS GURL!’ from the sideline when I finally committed to this decision. I kept seeing 11:11 everywhere (my message from the Angels) – and everything began to fall into place.

Not only is my anxiety slowly starting to make some progress again, but I also scored a part time freelancing role as an EDITOR at online furnishing journal, Furnishing International.

I’m so excited about all these new beginnings although I must admit, I’m quite tired from putting in extra hours while getting my head around everything.

I’m so happy to be able to share this news with you all and I hope to get back to writing on here once things have settled 🙂

Love & light,

X Cat.


Following my two passions & life’s purpose 

Bang bang

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Selective intimacy – why it’s more important than you think! 

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I want to start this post off by saying that what you’re about to read may come across as judgmental and offensive. So let me clarify from the get-go that just because my lifestyle choices may not coincide with yours, it does not mean in any way, shape or form that I’m about to judge the choices you make. If it works for you, then all power to you!


Previously, I have touched on the fact that dating in this day and age, has become a bit of a joke. Tinder, online dating and websites that encourage cheating on your significant other have made it all the more accessible for one night stands and quick hook-ups to occur. This is something I’ve never been into personally, but as I said, if it works for you, then it’s your prerogative.

What many people don’t know however is that intimacy – at a sexual level – intertwines your aural energy with the aural energy of the other person. You may think these encounters are insignificant, but these connections can leave spiritual debris, especially within people who do not practice any type of physical or emotional cleansing.


The more intimate you are with someone, the more your connection deepens, and the more your auras are intertwined. For example, someone who sleeps with multiple people will end up carrying an array of different energies, causing their own aura to become confused. What they may not realise, is that others can feel this confused, negative energy which can repel positive energy. Ultimately, this can cause even more negative energy to be attracted into their life.

Little did you know, it is becoming increasingly more important for you to be more aware of who you’re getting hot and heavy with. Not because –


– But because it could be affecting you on a deeper, energetic spiritual level.

In my opinion, we have sex with someone who can satisfy us physically, but we make love to someone who can satisfy us soulfully and eternally. As we mature, it is realised that having anything with just anybody isn’t good enough. You’ll either want it right, or not at all.


As Lisa Chase Patterson said, “never sleep with someone you wouldn’t want to be.” I think this is advice that we could all benefit from.

Love & light,

X Cat.

Selective intimacy – why it’s more important than you think! 

The next phase

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After putting off a long overdue doctor’s visit – I finally dragged my ass to the clinic on Monday night and I have some great news I’d like to share with you all.

 

I’m….

 

Not pregnant. Relax.

But I am starting the process to get off my anti-depressant medication #GoodbyeZoloft.


Those of you who have been following my blog from its creation last November would be aware that my anxiety and depression spiraled out of control due to the end of my long-term relationship. This caused me to jump on the medication and start seeing a therapist.

From the get go – I was hesitant to take meds, but I knew that it was something I desperately needed at that point in time. Had I not resorted to this option, I would not be where I am today. I did maintain however, that I did not want to stay on them for an overly long period of time.


I truly believe that I am at a stage in my life, once again, of legitimate happiness and contentment. I judge this by my overall emotions, my sleeping patterns; the way in which my body is changing and the amazing people I currently have around me for support. The biggest indicator? – I weigh the heaviest I have EVER been, and that speaks volumes to a girl who has struggled to put on weight for her entire life.

The above factors have lead me to conclude that now is as good a time as any, to start gradually reducing my medication, before finally completing my intake altogether. With support of my doctor, this process can take up to four weeks.

I am both excited and nervous about the next phase of my life – a new stage of learning in my healing process without the aid of meds. Spiritually, I have adopted practices such as yoga, crystal healing, aromatherapy and self-care in the form of treating myself to some new clothes or a pampering session. I make sure to love myself first and foremost, in the hope that someday, someone out there will love me and value my worth just as much as I value myself.


I feel now that I am better equipped to deal with my anxiety and my low moments. Sure, there’s no telling what the future will hold – perhaps I will need to revisit medication one day. But I do know one thing – I will never be made to feel as I did in the year that was 2015, because I am now armed with the tools, knowledge and experience to get me through.

Love & light to all

X Cat

The next phase