Being lost to addiction is a difficult time for anyone. At that time the only important thing is getting the next fix. There is no time to take care of yourself or deal with internal emotions. That kind of neglect leads to further negative feelings and a lack of motivation to make a change. In other words being stuck in a circle, feeling bad, using to cope, and so on. That is where the importance of self-care in recovery comes in.
What is self-care?
Self-care is not a specific set of steps that must be taken. Ultimately, it is anything that we need it to be. In other words, pampering yourself, renting a movie or two after a stressful workweek. Even washing dishes after a meal can be self-care, any little thing that we deem positive and productive.
It is important to note that self-care is not a selfish act! One of the hardest things to do is learning to be compassionate, patient, and love yourself. Although hard it is a very important step. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identified self-care as an important role in the success of long term recovery.
How can self-care help long term?
Self-care is an important step on the road to recovery by lowering overall stress levels. In addition to combating negative emotions and boredom, which are common triggers of addiction. Through self-care the promotion of a stable mood, energy, motivation, and positive coping skills. All of this leads to a better overall sense of health and well being.
9 Tips for Self-Care
- Eat healthy food-this will fuel the mind and body leading to feeling good and a better general mood.
- Allow time for fun and relaxation-fill the day with hobbies and activities to lower stress.
- Sleep-keeps you focused, motivated, and improves mood.
- Exercise-promotes a healthy body, energy, and motivation.
- Try a hand at meditation-to reduce stress and increase wellness.
- Stay Mindful-Take, not of all emotions and physical discomfort that may arise, stay in control, and actively seek help.
- Support groups-stay in contact with others in recovery seek out friends and family.
- Balance yourself-Stay in control; of your time, learn how to balance it between social outings, work, and self-care.
- Set healthy boundaries-break off ties with bad influences that impact your recovery negatively.