Taking care of yourself–mind, body and spirit–is an integral part of recovery, but it’s easier said than done. Once you’ve made the decision to get sober, you have to stay sober. These self-care tips can help you establish a strong foundation for a successful, lasting recovery.
1. Acknowledge your accomplishments.
Reaching sobriety milestones is a huge accomplishment, but don’t neglect the little things. Sticking to a new exercise routine, getting more sleep, eating better and finishing a good book are all accomplishments, so acknowledge them and be proud of yourself.
2. Eat more mindfully.
You are what you eat, so pay more attention to what you’re putting into your body. Incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet and eliminating unhealthy processed foods can make a huge difference in how you feel, both mentally and physically.
3. Stop comparing yourself to others.
It’s all too easy to downplay your success and compare yourself to others. But you’re doing great. You worked hard to get where you are today, and you’ll need to keep working to go further, but the progress you’ve made so far is a testament to your future achievements.
4. Go outside.
Make a point to get out of the house once a day to breathe in fresh air and soak up some sun. Spending time outside reduces stress, improves brain function, boosts your mood and clears your head.
5. Express gratitude.
Write down a list of all the things you’re thankful for or take a few minutes each day to express your gratitude. Thinking about the positive things in your life–everything from your support system to what you had for breakfast this morning–is hugely beneficial. It can improve your physical and psychological health, relationships, ability to empathize and even sleep. Whenever you feel emotionally weighed down, take a minute to say “thank you.”
An overflowing closet or basement filled with piles of junk can be a considerable source of stress, which doesn’t benefit your recovery. The act of getting rid of things you just don’t need is an incredibly powerful, symbolic act. Cleaning house is a time-consuming task, but it can significantly improve several areas of your life. You’ll feel more focused, creative, sleep better, let go of the things that don’t serve you and just feel happier.
Practicing self-care is one of the best ways to improve your self-esteem and feel confident in your recovery, so take care of yourself. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use, Immersion Recovery can help. Speak with a recovery specialist at 561.419.3349.