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Tips & Tricks to Avoid Falling Backwards

By: Bridget Carango, MS, NCC, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Radnor & Katie Cornwall, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Radnor

Posted on October 15, 2018

The fall typically signifies a time of change and transition. Whether it's school, a new job or continuing with our current schedule it's important for each of us to take time to evaluate where we are in our recovery and identify what we need to succeed.

Below are some tips and tricks to help you thrive during the fall season:

Revamp Meal & Activity Schedule
We usually find ourselves struggling to accommodate and balance different schedules while also prioritizing our recovery. Taking time to meal prep and have easy snacks on hand can keep you from reverting back into old habits. Sitting down to identify possible pit falls will help smooth the transition into your fall schedule.

Body Image
As the season changes so does our relationship with our body. Embracing recovery means learning to challenge the negative thoughts that often come with seasonal changes and feeling unsure of what might be next for us. Part of staying on track means working to have a more positive relationship with our bodies. This could simply mean reframing thoughts or challenging the discomfort that comes with bringing our recovery-selves into new settings with the new season.

Update Recipes
It's often difficult to adjust our grocery lists to maintain variety and push ourselves to try more seasonal food options. Something important to be aware of is ensuring that we challenge our routines by adding more seasonal food items to our menus. Take the time to experiment with new foods and recipes while practicing intuitive and mindful eating.

Seasonal Mood Changes
Shifts in our moods can often come with the change of season. We may notice that we feel less social and less motivated for daily activities and self-care. This is why it's important that we check-in often with our loved ones and treatment team. Remember that we take our skill-set with us throughout all seasons and we can always come back to basics when we need to feel grounded and supported.

As we transition into the fall, it's important to remember to prioritize yourself and your needs!

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