Self-care can be described as “The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health.” Most people get sober by the time they realize that their health is in dire need of a tune-up. Toxic to the body, mind, and spirit is using drugs or alcohol.
It has been proven that self-care can reduce anxiety or eliminate depression, decrease stress, improve concentration and reduce frustration, anger, and anger, increase happiness and improve energy. Self-care is about building a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can share positive feelings with others. You can’t give what you don’t have to other people. Self-care is not selfish.
There is a lot of talk about mindfulness and recovery. But what does it mean to be mindful? Mindfulness refers to the practice of being aware and present in all your physical and mental sensations. It can be hard to stay in the moment and sometimes even painful. Staying present with your thoughts and feelings allows you to connect with your inner self and explore emotions and thoughts you might have avoided while suffering from active addiction.
Connect with Others in Recovery
Anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions thrive in isolation. It is important to find support groups and people who will help you in your recovery process and support for you to keep sober. Going to a 12-step-based meeting is a great way to meet people and get encouragement throughout the day. You don’t have to attend 12 step meetings if you feel you can benefit from them.
Balance Your Life
We tend to value the things we do as a society. Busy-ness is often equated with our ability to be productive, valuable, and successful, which is dangerous and destructive for those in the initial stages of recovery.
It can be very easy to get distracted when you are first starting to recover from addiction.
It can be difficult to find a healthy balance between your work, school, personal and professional life. However, it is possible. While all of these activities can be rewarding, you will quickly feel overwhelmed if you focus too much on any one aspect of your life, which could lead to a relapse.
Take the Time to Be with You
While it can be very comforting to surround oneself with people all the time, that is not a realistic way to live life. While it is important to connect with others, it is equally important to be alone with yourself. When you are using, you are a different person than when you are sober. While it may be difficult at first, you will soon find that time alone is something you enjoy. Spend some time each week exploring new places, discovering new things, and finding new music. You can also explore other forms of expression, such as visual arts.
Set Healthy Boundaries
You probably had a circle of friends that you were close to before you got sober. It can harm the relationships that you have with these people once you decide to quit using. It is difficult, but it will help you resist the temptation of reverting to your drug of choice.
Self-care means taking care of yourself and keeping sobriety. It’s important to let people around you know you have a sober lifestyle.
Setting boundaries about who you spend your time with, where and what you do will help you avoid situations that could lead to a relapse. You’ll be able to make new friendships with other people in recovery while sobriety is ongoing.
Self-Care is Essential
Self-care is an essential part of recovery. Self-care leads to better emotions, better physical health, and a greater sense of well-being, and it is essential for a better quality of life and long-term abstinence. Self-care can be enhanced by noticing the small joys of life. Mindful Living allows us to see the daily blessings of life and keep a positive outlook. Even when life is difficult, there are many blessings and the gift of healing. A daily gratitude journal, even five, can help us stay present in our lives and count our blessings.