3 Acts of Self-Care We Tend to Neglect
Self-care is a major buzzword right now because we’re starting to realize just how important it is for us – along with realizing how much we’ve been neglecting it and how that’s been affecting our mind, body and spirit. Addiction recovery is a critical time to practice self-care. In fact, for many people, it’s the start of an entirely new way of treating oneself – as if we’ve started a new relationship with ourselves. Recovery is a vulnerable time that’s filled with learning more about who we really are when we’re no longer masked with substances. Even the most successful people in recovery, however, can miss vital self-care activities for various reasons; In 2018 Forbes magazine highlighted several self-care acts that we tend to forget:
1. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
Once we’ve returned home from treatment and have entered a professional role, it’s easy to believe that this need to stay “busy” it’s what’s really driving our sobriety. The reality is that we can’t rely on our career to keep us sober – and we need to be able to engage in meaningful activities at home that inspire us, too.
2. Creating a fulfilling life rather than simply existing.
After so much time has passed – and we’ve been working towards our recovery for so long – we may find ourselves slacking on some of our efforts. Those weekly 12-Step meetings we were attending may have diminished to once every few months, and the books we’d started reading to inspire our journey to recovery may find themselves sitting on a shelf, collecting dust. The truth is that if we don’t continue working everyday towards what we want, we may lose it.
3. Taking care of our physical health.
Working out releases endorphins, which can reduce stress – but when we’ve become swamped with distractions, we tend to neglect going for walks, eating healthy foods and more. Physical health is a crucial component of mental, physical and spiritual health, and the food we eat has direct connections to the way we think, feel and behave throughout the day.
Make self-care a priority. No matter what stage you’re at in recovery, make it a point to take good care of yourself – the benefits are too good to miss.
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