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Creating A Nurturing Home

Saturday, 06 February 2016 00:00  by Christina M.


My home is a space that I can go to process the happenings of the day, and recharge my battery for the day to come. Whether you are dealing with depression, addiction, or are recovering from trauma, there is help. Treatment centers are an incredible option and at Brookhaven Retreat® LLC, we know that after you leave the retreat the world around you continues to affect you. Brookhaven Retreat focuses on aftercare and teaches skills that you can master and use for continued wellness and recovery.

The ways that you learn to process and seek treatment is essential, but the recovery process continues after you leave inpatient treatment. It is critical to continue recovery at home and for home to be a nurturing environment. Treatment and therapy should continue when you go back to your daily life, and staying connected to a treatment community and therapist is also essential. Part of a treatment center’s unique ability to be separate from everyday life is to diminish the triggers and outside influence and allow a person to focus on recovery. There are several steps you can take to continue nurturing yourself and diminishing barriers to recovery in your own home.

  1. Be mindful about your surroundings: what do you see around you that may be a reminder of trauma or that would cause anxiety? Transition the spaces you live in most by choosing items and decorations that increase your mood and make you feel safe.
  2. Meet your needs: Home is a place to meet your physical and emotional needs. Food, sleep, and safety are all things a home should provide. Think of what you need in your kitchen and bedroom to help you stay on your routine, of getting enough sleep and eating well. Plan for meals, and have what you need to unwind every evening, whether it be a cup of tea, or a good book by your bedside table.
  3. Be mindful of your creative tools:

    • colors
    • textures
    • fabrics
    • decorations
    • furniture
    • lighting
    • pictures/paintings

    When you walk in to a room and think of trying to relax or read it may be difficult initially. Remember that you can repaint a room, change the lighting to a warmer tone, or fill your house with encouraging quotes to change the mood. You have the ability to transform your space.

  4. Spend time in this space: creating new memories in your home is an excellent way to create a nurturing and safe environment.

    Tips on creating new memories: cooking a new recipe will help give you new memories and smells, playing a game or watching a new movie, or even starting a new hobby or craft project may also help create new memories.

  5. Use your boundaries: only invite people into your home that are good for you and are able to support you. Your home is somewhere you have the authority to only invite those that are welcome in.
  6. Give yourself time: recovery takes time and making new memories does too. Becoming comfortable in your space will be a process just like recovery. Celebrate the little victories and keep motivated in your treatment. Change will happen within and without, but it does take time. Keep attending therapy and meetings and practice the skills that you learn.
Last modified on Saturday, 06 February 2016 20:53

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