Practicing Self-Care

Self-care is a combination of activities you initiate to benefit your well-being. When you think about self-care, think about common sense. You could be enjoying a piece of really good chocolate. When you reach for another piece ask yourself, do I need this? Being aware of the choices you make and setting limits is a good practice in self care.

Getting out in nature can help you relax, stretch and strengthen your muscles. Nature helps distracts you from negative thinking and keep you in the present. Nature is a powerful grounding force that replenishes your spirit.

In recovery it can be difficult to stay present and in the moment. Staying in the moment is a form of self-care. Try learning something new. When you learn something new you can’t very well think about mowing the grass, how you became addicted, or what you are going to have for dinner. There are thousand of interesting activities and hobbies to choose from like: gardening, beekeeping, carpentry, clock repair, knitting and bicycling.

Self-care isn’t drudgery. Go out and have fun. Many people in recovery realize they forgot how to have fun. It may seem like a weird concept, but you can practice having fun. Go out to the movies or a museum, enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend. Most of all be patient with yourself.

It’s a given that a good night’s sleep replenishes your body and mind. Practicing good sleep habits will aid this part of your self-care. If your bedroom is cluttered, make a plan to weed out stuff. The idea is to feel calm when you walk in—sort of like what you’d expect a sanctuary would be like. In addition to fixing up your room, establish a time to shut off the football game or close the book you are reading and get ready for bed.

Like addiction, too much of anything can’t be good for you. Having balance in your life helps reduce stress and improves your sense of well-being. We live in a fast-paced world. You don’t have to do everything you think you should. Shoulds are a no-no in self care. Learn to say no. Learn to control your apology button. In other words, if you feel the need to apologize for something, do it only once.

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