We all need time for self-care. Although it’s often the last thing on a person’s priority list, for someone who is working to make changes in their life, self-care is essential. When you give yourself time to read, take a hot bath, or go for a long walk, you support your emotional balance, physical health, and mental stability. You prevent stress and the unhealthy choices that can come out of feeling tense and anxious.
If you’re in recovery and perhaps residing at a sober living home, then you’re likely working to change your life. You’re mental, emotional, and even spiritual energy is going towards making new choices, creating a new lifestyle, and forming new friendships. Because of all these changes, you will need plenty of time that’s devoted to you. It’s time to create a relapse prevention plan devoted to self-care.
Here is a list of self-care tips and suggestions to keep handy:
- Step outside.
- Go to a yoga class.
- Play with your dog or cat.
- Listen to soft music.
- Make yourself a steaming cup of tea.
- Practice meditation.
- Make a collage of the photos you have of family, friends, and those you love.
- Apply your favorite lotion and spend time appreciating the ways it feels on your skin
- Write out your experiences, thoughts, and feelings in a personal journal.
- Make your favorite comfort food.
- Gather your favorite inspiring quotes.
- Read a book or magazine article that encourages you and keep you moving toward your goal.
- Play music on your favorite instrument.
- Listen to relaxation CD’s to keep yourself feeling calm and relaxed
- Use a workout CD so that you can exercise as though you’re at the gym.
- Write or read poetry that warms your heart and invokes insight
- Make some hot cocoa mix and get cozy with a good book
- Read the spiritual books that help boost your spiritual practice and give strength to your sobriety.
- Put on your favorite fuzzy socks and lounge around the house.
- Make some herbal tea to stay warm and to treat yourself to what you enjoy.
- Go for a hike in nature.
- Gather together some friends and enjoy the afternoon together.
- Go to a good movie.
- Write out your goals and aspirations for the year.
- Watch a comedy and have a good laugh.
- Spend thirty minutes or more focused solely on loving and positive thoughts.
- Volunteer your time at a local charity organization and experience those good feelings that come with helping others.
- Enjoy a quiet afternoon at the beach.
- Go to a coffee shop and read the paper.
These are suggestions for self-care. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day to-do list. But if you make time for self-care, the rest of your day will feel easier, lighter, and more manageable.