Below is a guest post submitted by Adam Cook, addictionhub.org; if you would like to submit your own article for posting, feel free to email them to caroline(at)carolinehippler.com
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are four factors that help support addiction recovery: working on one’s health, having a stable living situation, finding purpose, and being involved in a community. Practicing self-care supports all four of these crucial elements. Self-care helps a person build a lifestyle that is conducive to sobriety, health, and living a fulfilling life. Reclaiming your health after prolonged substance abuse isn’t easy, but it’s absolutely possible. Make self-care a priority and seek support as needed throughout your journey. The sober path will challenge you physically, mentally, and spiritually, but with the right habits and consistency, it can be the healthiest life you’ve ever lived.
Below are some of the ways one can practice self-care in their daily life.
Maintain a nutritious diet. The food a person eats directly affects their mood. Plus, the body needs fuel for the recovery process. Eating healthy food helps promote an overall healthier lifestyle.
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress while promoting the release of “feel good” endorphins in the body. Exercising in group settings also helps promote community and positive relationships.
Getting enough sleep at night helps promote a healthier outlook on life during the day. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night for optimal function.
People often turn to substance abuse as a way to self-medicate instead of dealing with emotional or mental problems head on. Participating in talk therapy is a way to address these issues in a productive way by learning about how emotions affect actions and behaviors.
Friends and family are an integral part of social support system. However, many people find that participating in a community with other people in recovery provides a certain level of understanding and support that non-addicts can’t understand.
Practicing mindfulness helps people observe life separate from the “wanting mind” that only makes them feel unsatisfied. It helps promote self-awareness so a person can identify what negative thoughts or emotions they cling to so they may, in turn, let them go.