How Can Self-Care Help Us Prevent Relapse?
One of the most important things we can do to help ourselves prevent relapse is give time to our self-care practices. For many of us, self-care is something we never prioritize. It’s something we consider to be extraneous and unnecessary when we’re dealing with such busy schedules and so many demands in our lives. We’ve been conditioned to think that self-care is selfish. We think that only people who don’t have obligations or families to care for have enough time for self-care. We have to change our thinking, though. Self-care is of the utmost importance to our mental and emotional health. It is self-loving, not selfish. We threaten our sobriety when we don’t take care of ourselves. We increase our chances of relapse when we don’t prioritize ourselves and our well-being. How can self-care specifically help us offset relapse?
Self-care helps us replenish our inner resources, our willpower, our resilience and our inner strength. It helps us increase our patience and find inner peace. We often get exhausted and drained in our lives, with the many demands we’re responsible for. If we don’t give to ourselves, we will only keep depleting the energy we need to prevent relapse. The more we take care of ourselves and our health, the more we prepare ourselves to handle the many challenges and difficulties that can come with recovery. We’re better able to handle the feelings of depression, anxiety and stress that arise. We’re better able to stay calm and mindful when we’re taking good care of ourselves.
Self-care makes us believe in ourselves more and have more faith in our ability to recover. It helps restore our hope. It empowers us. We’re better equipped to handle the temptation, addictive urges, compulsions and impulsiveness that can cause us to relapse. We’re better able to talk ourselves through these difficult feelings. We feel more deserving of good health, and we’re therefore more likely to want to make healthy choices for ourselves. We have more motivation to create goals and set intentions for ourselves. We feel more balanced, more aligned, more grounded, and more centered. This helps us to stay focused on our sobriety and on track with the goals and intentions we’ve set for ourselves.
Self-care doesn’t have to be extraneous or take up a lot of time, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be as simple as starting a regular meditation or gratitude practice. It can be reading a book we love or watching a favorite movie. It can be making time for friends we haven’t seen in a long time. It can be any way we reconnect with our inner selves and increase our feelings of self-worth and self-love.
No two cases of addiction are alike. We go through a detailed process to determine the proper treatment methods for each individual patient, with their recovery goals and timelines in mind. Call or text The Beach House at (310) 564-2761 today for more information.