Addiction and substance abuse disorders quickly engulf your life and everything you value. During active addiction, drugs and alcohol take precedence over your physical and mental health, work, and family.
One of the reasons why this may happen is that self-care is being neglected. In this article, we will cover why self-care is important during recovery.
What Is Self-Care?
Everyone’s definition of self-care is different, and it can take many forms. For some, self-care will entail doing the dishes after a melancholy episode. For others, it will be purchasing a movie ticket after a hectic week. Some people also associate self-care with taking a long bath or purchasing a new piece of clothing, but it is so much more than this.
Self-care means keeping your mind, body, and soul healthy. Here are some ways in which you can practice self-care.
#1 Stay Mindful
Mindfulness is often used in recovery, but what does it truly mean? The awareness of physical and mental sensations is the practice of mindfulness. It is not always easy to be in the moment. Sticking with your current thoughts and feelings allows you to explore emotions and thoughts that you ignored when you were in the state of addiction.
#2 Connect With Other People
Addiction, sadness, and anxiety thrive in solitude. Finding people and groups that will support you in your recovery and prevent relapse is critical to preventing relapse and combating symptoms of poor mental health. You can even meet online as well.
#3 Find Balance in Your Life
We as a society tend to value overworking. We link busyness with quality, productivity, and value. However, this is a damaging and dangerous worldview for individuals in early recovery.
Finding a good balance between work, education, and social life can be difficult. All of these things can be enjoyable, but focusing too much on one element of your life can lead to intense feelings of stress.
#4 Take Time to Be With Yourself
Connecting with people is important, but so is connecting with oneself. While being alone can be challenging at first, it will soon become a treasure. Spend a few hours a week exploring new places, interests, music, or expressing oneself visually or otherwise.
What if self-care isn’t enough for you? If you’re struggling with substance abuse, addiction, or mental health disorders, consider reaching out to Avalon Malibu. Our admission coordinators are there to support and guide you on your journey towards gaining or regaining sobriety. Call Avalon Malibu at (844) 857-5992.