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7 Ways to Show Love to Yourself in Recovery

7 Ways to Show Love to Yourself in Recovery

Showing love to yourself used to be a bad thing. Now it is the name of the game, to explore self care in new and unexpected ways. When you discover the power of self care, you are able to fight back against the forces telling you not to care for yourself, that it is all in vain. Try the following tips for good self care practices.

Show Some Love

Here are some fun self-care rituals you can try, even the ones that seem ‘girly,’ because they teach you to deserve some beautiful, good things in life that help you honor and love yourself.

  • Get a pedicure. Lots of places offer them at discounted rates and it feels good just to have your feet massaged and tended to.
  • Take a brain break. Give yourself a day to rest. It will pay off in being more efficient later. Your brain needs a rest as much as your body so don’t push yourself beyond reasonable limits.
  • Treat yourself. It’s okay to spend money on yourself. Give yourself permission to buy shoes or a meal at a nice restaurant. It doesn’t need to be extravagant just some tea or coffee, and a hot meal now and again.
  • Get into self care. Rituals are a good way to make sure you don’t forget about taking care of yourself. If you give yourself a break on a regular basis, it forms part of your routine and you start to honor it more frequently.
  • Talk to a friend. In early recovery, you get busy so it makes sense to find people you can talk to about things. Take some time to catch up, share gossip, or vent frustrations that need venting.
  • Sleep and recharge. Take a nap, sleep it off, and while you’re at it book a vacation to supercharge your rest and relaxation. You will get more done if you are well rested.
  • Play with animals. This is a fun one because animals are playful at heart. The most relaxing thing you can do is play with a cat, dog, or other pet and give it some love. In return, you will receive more love than you thought possible. There are communal spaces to take dogs to like parks where you can also meet other people who love animals as much as you. If you don’t own pets, consider volunteering with some.

Most people feel guilt in early recovery taking time for self care. You might think you need to spend all day making up for lost time, or making amends to people harmed by your addiction. Don’t worry about doing that all the time, you also have to take care of yourself before you can help others. There is a time and place for it all, but don’t leave self care on the table and forget to love yourself.

Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. Whether it’s learning good self care or something else, we will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401