When our everyday lives become flooded with worries, responsibilities, and a host of other experiences, it becomes easier than ever to put our health on the back-burner. Why wouldn’t it be? After all, everything else seems to feel more important, to take greater precedence than our own mental/physical/spiritual health. What often happens in these moments, however, is we begin doing things that, rather than contributing positively to our wellbeing, detract from it – and before we know it, we’re engulfed in a lot of unhealthy patterns of behavior.
Addiction is just one of many factors that can worsen our health all around – but even if you’ve had trouble making the time for yourself before, you can still change your routines to get back on track. First and foremost, you have to remember that the excuses you make can severely damage your abilities to take care of yourself in ways that are needed; the following are the most common excuses we make to neglect ourselves of healthy food, proper sleep and exercise, positive relationships and more:
- “I don’t have time.” The truth is that we do have time – it’s about making the time for whatever is necessary. If you can adopt this mindset, you’ll find that your goals are easier to achieve than you think.
- “I don’t have the resources.” Libraries, coworkers, friends, your therapist, family, the internet and more are all options that can provide you with information for how to get to where you need to be. Talk to the people around you to see when the next yoga meetup is, where healthy eating options are and what activities you can do that will promote your recovery.
- “I don’t deserve it.” As a human being, you are worthy of love, health and happiness. And you can achieve these by being more loving and caring towards yourself – even on the days you don’t feel like it.
John Steinbeck once stated, “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
Remember that. Understand that you’re going to make mistakes, but that you can improve yourself and your life over time.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life.