In order for humans to withstand survival, practicing self-care is a must. You tried to take care of yourself during your addiction by making sure that you had everything you needed to remain drunk or high for as long as possible. This meant that you would spend most of your day obsessing about how you could get your addiction needs met. Your number one priority was to keep from having to go through withdrawal and maintain the elusive effects that alcohol and drugs produced for you. When it comes to self-care in recovery, self-care takes on a whole new meaning. You will still be trying to get your needs met, but you will have to do it without drugs and alcohol. Instead, your focus should be on the health of your body, mind, and soul. Self-care is important for many reasons and, in recovery, it can make or break your sobriety.
No one can take better care of you than you. Only you know what you need to feel better and taking measures to improve your quality of life will be instrumental. Improving your hygiene, finding relaxation techniques, and attempting to boost mental health can be conducive. By doing these types of actions, you are proving to yourself that you are worth the effort.
Being of service is a huge aspect of recovery. If you are not taking care of yourself, your pursuit to help others is not going to work. People who talk the talk are not as valuable as people who walk the walk. To get the most out of service work, establish self-care first and then pass on your experience. You are not selfish to put yourself first in this scenario because you cannot take care of anyone else if you are not taking care of yourself.
Doing things such as meditation, eating healthy, exercising, finding hobbies, working the 12-Steps, and attending therapy are ways to progress your virtue. Adding these enhancements to your life will bring connection and rejuvenation on a whole new level. Self-care gives you the esteem that can solidify the foundation of your sobriety. You may feel uncomfortable taking charge of your self-care but do not knock it until you try it. Without self-care, you could easily go back to the life you were living in your addiction. What you need to know is that self-care feels incredible! Give it a go and you are sure to start seeing the promises of recovery coming true in your life by simply implementing self-care.
Through evidence-based therapy options and the endless adventure of Colorado, Valiant Living fosters connection, encouraging clients to get connected to themselves, their peers, their families, and their higher power. With the power of recovery, clients are restored to full health and experience life-changing healing. Call us today so we can get you started in your new life of recovery: 303-536-5463