While it’s hard to believe that ¾ of the year is nearly over, September offers us many opportunities to reflect on the months that have passed and the ones yet to come. Some notable holidays and milestones occur each year in September as we look to celebrate those in the recovery community and beyond.
September is National Recovery Month
September of each year is National Recovery Month. This celebratory time works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. Now in its 32nd year recognizing everyone involved either directly or indirectly in facing addiction, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery.
2021’s National Recovery Month theme is: Recovery is for Everyone, every person, every family, every community. This year’s theme seeks to be all-inclusive, noting that recovery isn’t only for the privileged but that everyone is entitled to the opportunity to recover from addiction and Substance Abuse Disorders (SUD). The National Recovery Month official website has a calendar full of virtual events available for participation. Whether you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, taking this opportunity to recognize those making the choice of sobriety and abstinence from substance use can humble all of us.
National Suicide Awareness Month
September is also National Suicide Awareness Month, also known as Suicide Prevention Month. On average, one person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes, and in honor of these premature deaths, every year, various mental health organizations and individuals around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September. Throughout the month, suicide prevention organizations will conduct prevention and awareness events.
This month brings awareness to a topic we’d often rather not talk about due to the painful images and memories it may bring up. Still, you can observe this time by educating yourself and others about mental health and suicide prevention methods. This is also a time to consider all those affected by suicide, not just the victim. Suicide impacts family and friends long after a loss.
National Yoga Awareness Month
On a more positive note, in 2008, the Department of Health and Wellness officially designated September as National Yoga Month. This annual observance is a great opportunity to raise awareness and educate Americans about the health benefits associated with yoga. The purpose of National Yoga Month is to promote the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), many individuals practice yoga to maintain their health and wellbeing, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance their quality of life.
Yoga offers many benefits to the mind and body, especially in the long term and especially for those in recovery. Take time this month to experience the benefits of yoga firsthand by checking out a free class locally or online. There are many types of yoga, so do a little research before signing up for the first class you see. Yoga is for every BODY — including yours.
Self-Care Awareness Month & Self Improvement Month
Self–Care Awareness Month is also in September, and while we may already know about it, self-care is often neglected in our everyday lives. This month is a reminder that taking care of yourself, first and foremost, is essential. From beauty-boosting skincare treatments to calming mindfulness techniques, self-care is the best way to reconnect with your inner self. The long-term benefits of creating a regular self-care routine can be remarkable, mentally and physically. Investing in yourself in this way improves how you interact with others and in situations, indirectly spreading that positivity in all that you do.
When you give yourself the attention you deserve, your mind and body respond in exponentially positive ways. We often tend to put others’ needs before our own; however, we cannot fill others up if we’re empty ourselves. Use the month of September to make self-care a part of your daily routine – practice being good to yourself. Self-care can be as simple as a conscious breath in the morning or as luxurious as a vacation away from the pressures of regular everyday life.
The month of September is full of opportunities to make a positive shift in your life. Taking time to learn more about these issues and celebrations can help you or someone you know struggling with mental health, addiction, or substance abuse disorders. The Haven’s professional team offers the safe space needed to get help if you or someone you know is struggling with recovery. Contact us today to speak to a specialist.