Beginning Self Care in Recovery

Recovery is self care of the body, mind and spirit. When we become sober or substance free, we must first detoxify our body from the buildup of substances from which caused our suffering. Going to a clinical setting, rehab or hospital is the safest place to detoxify, since the process can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous depending upon the length and intensity of the alcohol or substance consumed.

No one sets out to become addicted to alcohol, opioids and other substances harmful to the body. Addiction is progressive. Just like drugs or alcohol took time before they claimed domination over the choices we made, healing our body also takes time. After detox, those in recovery may tend to return to their regular eating habits. Some prefer foods, or are unaware of their lack of nutrition. Make a plan to introduce more nutritional foods into your diet. Changing eating habits can be challenging, and it is important for healing and continuous self care. Drinking lots of water everyday is excellent for your body, too.

In addition to food, regular exercise is a significant factor in self care. This doesn’t mean that you have to join a gym and take spinning or exercise classes five days a week! You can begin just by taking a 10 minute walk down the street and back. You may soon discover that it feels good to move your body, and pretty soon, you’re up to twenty minutes. If you don’t already have one, consider buying a bicycle. It doesn’t have to be a fancy, expensive bike. Bike shops often have used bikes, too. Here again, start out slowly. There are many muscles you probably haven’t used in a long time. Expect to feel good after your ride, and a bit sore the next day.

The body, mind and spirit are all connected. When we eat well and practice a simple exercise plan, our mind and spirit take notice. We can feel calmer, less stressed and have a sense of wellbeing. So what other actions for self care, besides exercise and eating well, can we address? Our minds and spirit may be clogged with old emotional wounds, low self-esteem, behavioral challenges, and undiagnosed mental disorders. We can help ourselves immensely by getting into therapy, attending fellowship meetings for those who are recovering from an addiction. When you’ve had some time in recovery, consider taking a mindfulness meditation class. Mindfulness meditation isn’t mumbo jumbo, it’s practical and simple self care.

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”—Henry David Thoreau

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