As a recovering addict, it's easy to let the chaos of daily life consume you. It's easy to forget that taking care of yourself is a priority to mainlining your sober lifestyle. Taking care of yourself can be a difficult task for everyone.
Here are 5 simple ways you can practice self-care.
Make it a priority to connect with others who are also in substance abuse recovery. This will help prevent relapse and also help you to avoid loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Look for local meetings, reach out to your support systems, research online meetings, or do whatever works for you to connect with others. You can also contact the outpatient/inpatient rehabilitation facility that helped you overcome your addiction for support.
You likely learned about setting boundaries when you first started treatment for your addiction, but the practice of setting healthy boundaries is something that should accompany your journey. Setting healthy, sober boundaries is a way to protect yourself and your sobriety from unhealthy people or environments that were not healthy. Setting boundaries will help you avoid situations that could lead to relapse.
Make your health a priority in your life. You can do this by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep. Exercising regularly is not only good for you, but it improves your mood and gives you energy. It's also a good distraction from sitting idle, which could lead to feelings of wanting to use again. Eating a healthy diet has similar benefits to exercise, and it makes you feel good. When you feel good, you're less likely to relapse. Lastly, making sleep a priority helps you in numerous ways. Being well-rested makes it easier to focus on your recovery and to making self-care a priority in your life.
When you were using, that was likely an all-consuming activity in your life. But now that you're sober, you have room for more activities in your life that are fun. There are numerous ways to prioritize having fun in your life now that you're sober. A few ideas include: spending time with friends and family, shopping, traveling, reading, trying a new hobby, spending time outdoors, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of physical and mental sensations. If you're a recovering addict, the practice of mindfulness is not a new one. However, it is important to continue the practice well into your sobriety. Practicing mindfulness allows you to stay in the present moment and work through the thoughts and feelings you're experiencing. Practicing mindfulness is a good way to get to know yourself now that you're sober and to learn to be by yourself. It might be difficult at first, but you will eventually value the time to yourself.