Another Sunday has come and you are trying to decide how to spend the day. You have a set of chores to get done such as cleaning the house, doing the laundry, meal preparation for the week, and running a few errands you had been behind on recently. With all these competing responsibilities and priorities, it is starting to look like you might not have time to do what you desperately need to do this Sunday: relax.
Schedule in Time
When you are making a to-do list for the week, it is of fundamental importance that you factor in your need for self-care. Self-care is the act of engaging with an item or activity that brings you joy. This practice can help you relax and unwind.
We know that stress is one of the major causes of substance use and relapse. To mitigate the impact of stress on your life, you need time to soak in the good stuff.
Couple it With Other Activities
Self-care can happen in the mundane. Perhaps you are tending to your yard or folding clothes. By taking a mindful approach to these activities, you can engage with the present moment in a more wholesome fashion.
If you have plans already to spend time with friends or family, maintain respect for your preferences in those spaces. That is also a form of self-care.
Ensure You Recharge Before the Week
If you are having difficulty incorporating self-care during the rest of the week, set Sunday aside to ensure you recharge before the upcoming week. You need to rejuvenate yourself to keep from burning out. Whether it is sleeping in or relaxing with a book, make time for your needs.
To ensure that you have moments to relax and take care of yourself in your life, you should prioritize the practice as part of your routine. By 1) scheduling in time, 2) coupling it with other activities, and 3) ensuring that you recharge before the week with self-care Sunday, you can ensure that relaxation offsets the stress you experience in your life.
At Valiant Living, we want our clients to take care of themselves. At our men’s only facility located in Colorado, we treat addiction and co-occurring mental illness. Through offering both inpatient and outpatient services, we ensure clients get the level of care appropriate for their situation. During your time with Valiant Living, we will teach you the techniques for self-care that you can incorporate in your life long after your stay. To learn more about how we can help, reach us today at (303) 952-5035.